My photographic practice is focused on portraiture and concerned with humanity, behaviour, interconnected relationships, interaction and communication. Encouraging exchange and participation through shared photographic experiences is key. I set simple rules and parameters to encourage people to explore how they communicate and relate to each other and the places they live. Predominantly my work is an exploration and observation of how people co-exist, relate to and interact with each other, and the various environments they inhabit. I often cultivate the same theme in several countries, building connections across communities, societies and cultures. My intention is to create thoughtful and playful photographic works that come into being through social interaction.
Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, India and Lebanon. Group and solo exhibitions include 209 Women Portcullis House, Portraits: Shared Experiences, Galeria Jardin, ITESO Mexico, Journeys | Recoriddos with LACMA in Los Angeles, The Movement of an Object at The Photographers’ Gallery, How We learn at Belfast Exposed and the John Kobal Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by Belfast Exposed, Tate, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, South London Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery and Barnardo’s children’s charity.
Dowling has also worked on commissions and participation projects with The V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Gasworks, Goldsmiths College, All Change Arts, Bow Arts Trust, The Foundling Museum, San Alejandro School of Art (Havana) Barnardos and PhotoVoice.