‘Fairscin Inise / An Island Portrait’ is an exhibition of photographs representing the lives of the Blasket Islanders, an island off the west coast of Ireland that was evacuated in 1953. It opened in April 2015 in the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in the Isle of North Uist. This is part of an ongoing “conversation” between Ionad and Bhlascaoid Mhóir (The Great Blasket Centre) in Kerry and Scottish islanders in the Outer Hebrides.
The Great Blasket Island has retained a strong hold on the popular imagination of island life in Gaelic Ireland. The literature from the island is still in demand and the island is a popular destination for visitors to West Kerry. ‘Fairscin Inise / An Island Portrait’ gives a very real sense of the lives of the islanders and, since it opened in the Outer Hebrides in April, the exhibition has attracted a lot of interest. With less than a week to go, there have been well over 4,000 visitors.
The exhibition was curated by Ciarán Walsh /www.curator.ie for the Great Blasket Centre in Dún Chaoin, Dingle in 2013. It portrays life on the the island between 1892-2010, sourced from the photographic collection of the Blasket Centre archives.