Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Finbar Flanagan 

BA [Hons] Photography

Finbar Flanagan (B. 1988) is a mixed media visual artist who grew up in the rural village of Blackwater, Co. Wexford. He primarily uses photography to create conceptually narrated bodies of work. Identity of the home and family are recurring themes in his practice that are often built around deeply personal reflections of his own life. This way of making art has a way of creating a familiarity with the viewer but also enters the space of controversial imagery. Finbar turns his camera towards himself, as well as his three children who are a primary inspiration in his creative process.


‘Drifting’ is an intimate yet universally resonant exploration of the aftermath of separational trauma. This installation art piece blends photography and the spoken word to articulate the complex journey of a man finding his way through lone parenthood.

Navigating this new life without a partner, he assumes the roles of both mother and father for his three children, all while seeking moments of mourning within the confines of his domestic environment.
Taking inspiration from the artists Clare Gallagher and Christian Boltanski, “Drifting’ reveals the domestic space conceptually in both the visual narrative and in the physical object of a photograph.