Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

1st Mar - 22nd Apr

Natural Connections

Belfast Exposed is delighted to partner with Translink on a photography competition to capture the 'Natural Connections' whic...

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8th Mar - 17th Apr

Street View: Matthew Finn

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Street View: Matthew Finn which features four projects - Mother, Uncle, Wife and So...

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Community

1st Mar - 22nd Apr

Natural Connections

Belfast Exposed is delighted to partner with Translink on a photography competition to capture the 'Natural Connections' whic...

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12th Nov - 10th Jun

Young Futures 2020/21

The ‘Young Futures’ programme, funded by Children in Need & Foyle Foundation, focuses on growing the next generation ...

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Afghanistan: Chronotopia

Gallery 1

24th Jan 2004 to 27th Feb 2004

About The Exhibition

A document of Norfolk's personal vision of a war ravaged landscape: "Afghanistan is unlike Sarajevo or Kigali or any other war-ravaged landscape I have ever photographed. In Kabul, in particular, the devastation has a bizarre layering, the different destructive eras lying one on top of the other..."

"I was reminded of the story of Schliemann's discovery of the remains of the classical city of Troy in the 1870s. Digging down, he found nine cities layered upon each other, each one in its turn rebuilt and destroyed. Walking a Kabul street can be like walking through a Museum of the Archaeology of War - different moments of destruction lie like sediment on top of each other. There are places near Bagram Air Base or on the Shomali Plain, where the front line has passed back and forth eight or nine times - each leaving a deadly flotsam of destroyed homes and fields seeded with landmines."

"The landscapes of Afghanistan are the scenes that I knew first from the 'Illustrated Children 's Bible 'given to me by my parents when I was a child. When David battled Goliath, these mountains and deserts were behind them. More accurately, these landscapes are how my childish imagination pictured the Apocalypse: utter destruction on a massive, Babylonian scale, bathed in the crystal light of a desert sunrise."

The Artists

Simon Norfolk