Maurice Gunning, Encuentro (2008)

Drawing on letters from 1860’s by Irish emigrants to Argentina, Maurice Gunning created a profound visual exploration of contemporary life of the Argentine Irish Diaspora. He travelled to Argentina to interview and photography the descendants of Irish men and women who made their homes in Buenos Aires and the vast farmland of the surrounding province. The work has been exhibited widely since.


Maurice Gunning is an Irish photographer and filmmaker. He studied at the University of Wales, Newport for his MFA in Documentary Photography.

In 2010 he brought Encuentro back to Buenos Aires, exhibiting at the Centro Cultural de Recoleta with support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy. This work has also been exhibited at the Ffotogallery, The Third Floor Gallery and in the Irish National Photographic Archive, as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2012. His work documenting Ireland’s maritime heritage has been exhibited at the Cultural Centre, Athens and the Hunt Museum Limerick.

Since 2008 Gunning has been the resident photographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. His work was celebrated in 2010 with a permanent exhibition at the Irish World Academy. The photographic work and dance films that resulted from Gunning’s residency with Dance Ireland was on show in Dance House from May-December 2013. Gunning was an artist in residence program in 2013 with the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

[Bio as of 2013]