Aoife Herrity (b. 1983) is a photographic artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University. In 2021 Herrity was selected by PhotoIreland as an Irish Talent for the Futures European Photography Platform. In the same year, her work was selected as part of the Censored Exhibition at the Copenhagen Photo Festival. Her work has been exhibited at a number of institutions in Ireland and the UK and is held in public collections with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works Ireland. Private collections are held in Ireland, the USA and Canada. Herrity’s series Sleeping Dogs Lie was selected by PhotoIreland to be published as a TLP Edition in 2020. Herrity is a guest lecturer at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin and is currently writing a book based on her MFA research.
Her current areas of interest relate to the wider subject of childhood sexual abuse, specifically trauma responses, implicit memory and the grooming process. Much of this work is brought about by research into psychology theory, literature, cinema and personal histories. Herrity works with lens-based media, the written word and archival material as a means to unpack and examine these complex areas. Emerging concerns look to the role of lens-based technology as both weapon and witness on digital platforms.