By Michelle Browne
As part of the Meet You at The Green? year-long project led by Trasna Productions and Workhouse Union, Town Traits was created by visual artist Michelle Browne.
Meet You at The Green? was focusing on participatory spatial practice. The project asked the question ‘How do we inhabit our small towns?’. Exploring our common landscape and built environment, the project aimed to highlight the resources and opportunities available to people to gather and activate our town centres.
Michelle Browne explored participatory spatial strategies through her piece Town Traits: Alternative Census.
A census records data about a people. A census doesn’t often tell us how we inhabit our towns or what we do for fun. Town Traits: Alternative Census is a photographic portrait of the town – a picture of the hidden stories and some of the often invisible social networks that exist in the town of Callan. Through a public call, people were invited by Michelle to be counted on one day (11 November 2017) through a series of group portraits by Ros Kavanagh that have been printed as eight postcards.
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