Archive: Lisburn Road
Daniel Jewesbury and Ursula Burke - 3 December to 14 January 2005
Opening 02 December, 7 to 9pm. All Welcome
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Archive: Lisburn Road is a photographic document of a middle-class suburb of Belfast, produced during Spring and Summer of 2004. It renders visible a community that does not define itself as a 'community', a people who have been content to be invisible. Ursula Burke and Daniel Jewesbury employ a pseudo-anthropological gaze to capture the material culture of a small neighbourhood, centred around a half-mile stretch of the Lisburn Road. This area not only features the highest concentration of 'luxury' retail outlets in Belfast (boutiques, delicatessens, winebars, cafès) but public spaces and private homes quite distinct from those usually featured in representations of Belfast. Neatly-trimmed hedges form the 'soft boundaries' between private and public space, sports cars line the streets, locals promenade along the road or socialise in pavement cafès.
This could be any affluent suburb in Britain or Ireland. Burke and Jewesbury have produced an unexpected view of Belfast, one that runs counter to the (still) prevailing representations in photojournalism and art photography - war-torn, industrial (more recently, post-industrial), divided by inexplicable hatreds. This is a Belfast that minded its own business for thirty years.
Ursula Burke graduated with an MA from the University of Ulster in 2000, having previously studied both in Belfast and Galway. In 2003 she mounted a solo exhibition at the Context Gallery, Derry, and will return to the city for another solo show at Void, in March 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Belfast (Celje, Slovenia 2004) and Perspective (Belfast 2002) and the Routes public art project (Belfast 2002); she is also showing in Castellon, Spain, in December 2004. She is a former co-director of Catalyst Arts, and is currently administrator of Queen Street Studios, and an associate lecturer at the University of Ulster.
Daniel Jewesbury completed a Ph.D at the University of Ulster in 2001, having studied Fine Art in Dublin. Recent projects include Exchange (Carlow 2003) and Beauty Queens (Charlottetown, Canada 2004). His work is included in the forthcoming Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist's Eye at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Chicago in 2005. In 2000 Daniel won the Victory Treacy Award at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. His book, of lives between lines, was published by Book Works in the same year. Daniel is also a widely-published writer, and is a research associate at the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster.