Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

5th Sep - 28th Sep

We Love Dogs!

Open Submission - Call for work.Celebrate your four-legged furry friends with us by sending in high quality photographs o...

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4th Jul - 27th Jul

Sanctuaries

Belfast Exposed will play host to a specially commissioned exhibition by the Queer Artist Forum, a group of local lens-based ...

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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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BANSHEE

Street View

11th May 2023 to 20th May 2023

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed presents Banshee, as part of the NI Mental Health Arts Festival.

A short gothic horror film by filmmaker and photographer Mervyn Marshall and composed entirely of still images, Banshee recounts the tale of a teenage girl who is pursued by the notorious phantom of Irish folklore whilst tending to her dying mother.

'The creative decision to make a film from still photographs has shaped the project into what it has become. I wanted to create a film that felt like it belonged in the tradition of folktales - retold and transformed over time. At its heart, this is a film about the way in which myths and legends filter into our psyche and affect the way we process trauma. Photography by its nature belongs to the past and has always had a romantic relationship with death dating back to its creation. Using it to tell a narrative story, I found there is something disturbing in the inherent lack of movement. The sense of dread is distilled and the line between what is living and what is dead becomes blurred.'

Mervyn Marshall

The Artists

Mervyn Marshall

Artist Biography

Mervyn Marshall is a Belfast-based filmmaker and photographer. He is currently completing an AHRC-funded PhD on British Horror films from the 1950s.