Cáit Fahey

Cáit Fahey is a photographer based in Dublin, Ireland.

Her series Collecting exemplifies both the annual rituals carried out by her subjects and the artist’s own ongoing observation and documentation of these events. Since 2013, she has photographed young people in inner city Dublin gathering objects and materials for their Halloween bonfires, a particularly Irish tradition that has its origins in the Celtic pagan custom of lighting bonfires to mark the beginning of Winter. Fahey’s interest stems from her childhood memories of living between two rival neighborhoods and their annual competition to steal each other’s firewood. However, in recent years, these communities have been undergoing redevelopment with numerous families moving to different parts of the city. The images capture the last embers of a tradition slowly dying out.