Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition

The Thousand Year Old Boy

Yvette Monahan - 5 August to 1 October 2016

In 2006, some cavers made exciting archaeological discoveries in a cave in the Burren, Co. Clare. A poignant revelation was also made: the skeleton of a Bronze Age child. They were able to extract DNA from the remains. The Archaeologists tested this DNA against 150 children from a local school. One boy was an exact match. It turns out that he lives in a house less than one mile from the cave.

The thousand year old boy explores how this ancient place embodies the stories and mythology of one boy and those who have gone before him.

Artist Biography

Yvette is a Dublin based Photographer who works with myths and landscape. She is interested in how a particular landscape can hold stories of what has been and what could be. Monahan’s The Time of Dreaming the World Awake won the Portfolio Award at PhotoIreland 2013 and was also chosen to represent the Belfast Photo Festival at the Circulations Festival in Paris in February 2014. The book dummy of The Time of Dreaming the World Awake was nominated in January 2014 for MACK publishing’s First Book Award by Christiane Monarchi of Photomonitor. Yvette completed an MFA at the University of Ulster in 2013. She also works as one half of seanandyvette photography with her husband Sean Breithaupt.

To accompany this exhibition we have produced a limited edition A2 poster print available to buy at £25. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.

Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six early career artists a year in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers.

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.