News - 2010
New Show of Archive Images opens July 1st
21 June, 2010JULY Fri 2 - Sat 31 Jul 2010 Preview Thu 1 July, 7-9pm (also opening of New work by Daniel Jewesbury and Aisling O'Beirn in the ground floor gallery) Across Northern Ireland, throughout the years of conflict, the month of July came to be associated with turmoil, controversy and division. Often referred to as 'the marching season', July became the focus for inter communal disputes, where all too often cultural and ideological deadlock ended in violence. In recent years, there have been a number of attempts at re-branding July as a month of festivals and community celebration, but for visitors and residents alike, July remains for a month of contradictions, where many still prefer to stay indoors, keep to 'their own areas' or head off to other parts of the world. From tensions around Drumcree to re-enactments of the Battle of the Boyne and celebrations of the IRA ceasefire, Belfast Exposed's exhibition of prints from its photographic collection opens a window on local events, experiences and activities, taking place across the region during the month of July, over the last 30 years. Among images of conflict, there are intriguing glimpses of everyday experience and family life from celebrations to sports days, carnivals, bonfire building, and even the impact of summer floods.