Michael Dignam (b. 1982, Dublin) is an artist based in London. He completed an MFA at Goldsmiths University, London (2016), and a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2013). Working predominantly with photography techniques combined with moving image and digital manipulations, his work explores forms of living and labour. Growing up in the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, he is familiar with the generational cycle of displacement from the inner-city as a result of ‘spent’ urban planning. Through this experience, he developed an interest in the metropolitan as well as a keen, but not cynical, awareness of urban socioeconomic issues.
What dynamics and social structures form in a constructed space? Does it shape who we are? Are we defined by that place?
Suburban Cookie Collector is a video work by Michael Dignam. It explores how the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght is constructed, depicted, both celebrated and stigmatised using a mixture of digital moving image, super 8 films, found VHS footage, photography and the sonic. The work looks at the conditions, events, and histories of Tallaght in an expanded form focusing mainly on the 1990s Celtic Tiger, a period of rapid economic growth, up until its eventual crash in the 2000s. Set against a backdrop of dance music, housing estates, and factories the 20 minute film is scored by local DJ and producer Al Keegan.