Midlands charts the construction of the Irish midlands region from the height of the Irish economic boom in the early part of the 2000s, to the economic insecurities and uncertainties of recession times.
The work focuses on what the concept of ‘The Midlands’ is in its essence - non-defined, non-geographic, non-place. It charts the confident thrust of building activity which was undertaken in the region after the implementation of The National Spatial Strategy (2002 - 2020) which, it was anticipated, would lead to a dynamic transformation in the region itself, generating business and providing homes which would lay claim to community. This dream however has not materialised.
In the rural mid-land areas, the factories which promised to hum with productivity now lay dormant, the houses which promised security lay helplessly unoccupied. In the context of recession, these structures are stripped of the aura of hope they once had - laying bare a certain reality of the unstable nature of the country’s current economic situation.
- 112 pages in full colour
- 210mm x 290mm
- 59 colour images
- 2 tipped-in gatefolds
- 2 tipped-in booklets with text by Martin Cregg
- Essay by Colin Graham
- Screen-printed cover and envelope slipcase
- Exposed spine, swiss binding
- Munken Lynx 150gsm
- First edition of 200