Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

28th Nov - 2nd Dec

This is Me – in partnership with TESSA

We are proud to present 'This is Me', an exhibition in partnership with TESSA (Therapeutic, Education and Support Services i...

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14th Nov - 18th Nov

Type 1 Through the Lens – with Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

This World Diabetes Day [14th November], Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will unveil a unique photography exhibition that captur...

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Community

25th Sep - 7th Oct

Young People Behind the Lens

Over the summer, a group of young people from Start 360 explored the cityscape of Belfast. They found new ways to see the...

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21st May - 22nd May

Showing the faces of dementia with Alzheimer’s NI

Ahead of the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019 (ASAC19), Belfast Exposed was commissioned by Alzheimer’s NI to w...

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The Examination Room

Bookshop

Author

Catriona Grant

Publisher

Belfast Exposed Photography

Cost

£10.00

ISBN

0-9524217-5-5

About The Book

Through large format photographs, Grant bases The Examination Room in what appears to be a disused hospital building. Unclothed female figures occupy redundant, utilitarian interiors. The figures stand and sit with their backs turned to us, with their faces hidden. Although their bodies are exposed and vulnerable, available for examination, we have no way of knowing how they are feeling, whether they are anxious or tired, relaxed or upset. For all that they show these are very private images relating to common individual experience of areas of life often hidden from view.

Most people have experienced sitting alone in a treatment room waiting to be seen by a consultant or doctor. The room can often feel oppressive and claustrophobic, with little to distract the mind, as one finds oneself surrounded by slightly menacing-looking medical furniture. There is an inevitable anxiety attached to these situations. It is held that the institution has the power to rid the body of its problem, so the individual must concede to its authority. The process of implicitly trusting and exposing oneself to a stranger is enabled by the impersonal and formal context of the institution.