Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

6th Apr - 20th May

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 Touring Exhibition

Belfast Exposed is delighted to be hosting the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 Touring Exhibition from 6th April – 20th May 202...

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2nd Feb - 18th Mar

Futures Curator Award: Nothing But A Curtain

Belfast Exposed presents a  journey along the former Iron Curtain from Polish-born documentary photographer Zula Rabikowska,...

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Community

24th May - 25th May

Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022

Belfast Exposed is proud to present The Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022, an exhibition featuring work from ...

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14th Oct - 25th Nov

Looking Through Our Eyes

Belfast Exposed present a photographic exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acqu...

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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