Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition
Anthony Haughey, Laurence McKeown, Elaine Agnew - 5 December to 20 December 2013
In 1969 the largest evacuation of refugees since World War II took place in Ireland as thousands of people fled across the border to escape the unfolding conflict in Northern Ireland. In subsequent years the border counties continued to be heavily impacted; many people were injured or killed in bombings and shootings whilst others were imprisoned or displaced. Following the Good Friday Agreement and the cessation of overt conflict the issue arose of how to address the legacy of conflict.
In the mid 1990s increasing political and economic stability in Ireland created the conditions for a new demographic shift with the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world. These people often experienced the same fears and anxieties as their counterparts from the north. They also encountered similar suspicions and prejudices on arrival in their new home.
Aftermath sets out to explore hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams. The project brings together people directly affected by trauma to share their experiences through photography, film and music. Filmmaker and Aftermath director Laurence McKeown and commissioned artist Anthony Haughey have worked closely with victims/survivors of the northern conflict, asylum seekers, refugees and people displaced by conflict.
Aftermath presents an extensive series of photographs by Anthony Haughey; a series of filmed interviews by Laurence McKeown; a specially designed sound installation, which engages visitors with the participants' narratives and a commissioned music score by Elaine Agnew, which includes the voices of participants. The exhibition also includes archival newspaper articles and photographs documenting the growing tensions in Northern Ireland from 1968.
Aftermath was launched in Louth County Museum, Dundalk in September 2013 and has toured to Gallery of Photography, Dublin 1 November - 10 November, The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry from 14 November – 30 November 2013; and Belfast Exposed, Belfast from 5 December – 20 December 2013.
Opening: We are delighted to host the opening of Aftermath on 5th December in the Belfast Exposed Exchange Space from 7-9pm. Opening Speeches by Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed and Kate Turner, director of Healing Through Remembering. All Welcome
Book Launch and Exhibition Seminar
Wednesday 18 December | 12pm, 1pm | Exchange Space
This seminar will focus on different aspects of the Aftermath project with film maker, playwright and Aftermath director Laurence McKeown, artist Anthony Haughey and researcher Dr Pauline Conroy.
At 1pm the Aftermath book will be launched by Belfast city Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Refreshments will be served.
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Click Here to see a video of the launch at Belfast Exchange Space on 5 December 2013