Mountjoy Square

Dublin 1999-2000

During the time of the Celtic Tiger, when Ireland’s economy was looking extraordinarily robust, a residential area of Dublin was undergoing a seismic demographic shift.

Mountjoy Square, situated on the north side of the River Liffey and dating back to the 18th century, was being transformed from what had been perceived to be a predominantly Irish working-class area, to a more mixed class, multicultural environment.  

Observing the effects of people movement - itself an effect of the Irish economic climate, analysing people integration or the lack of, Mehdi Chafik builds a story from the inside, that has its foundation in the most political, personal, and universal of questions: what is identity?