Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

3rd Feb - 26th Feb

Street View: ‘Portraits of Saying Goodbye’ by Mark Bell

Belfast Exposed is proud to present Street View: Portraits of Saying Goodbye by artist Mark Bell.In Portraits of Saying ...

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3rd Feb - 26th Feb

IMPRINT

Belfast Exposed is proud to present 'Imprint', an exhibition by photographers who have supported Belfast Exposed at many diff...

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Community

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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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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Beaches

Gallery 1

2nd Nov 2000 to 23rd Nov 2000

About The Exhibition

Beaches produced in January 2000, is a series of colour studio portraits shot on location at various beaches in and around Cape Town. South Africa, now a fledging new democracy, the Group Areas Act being a thing of the past, is still socially and economically divided. Previously segregated areas, these beaches are now the place where integration naturally occurs and are a powerful reflection of the changing face of the new South Africa.

The project focuses on the incredible cultural spectrum that exists within these areas. The emphasis is on the artificial element, the fact that the image is a construction, a representation. A portable studio, using a mixture of sunlight and flash, creates a neutral space. The true context of the subjects is not to be found in the surroundings but in themselves. Shot against a black background, everyone from gangsters in the informal settlement of Vrygrond (situated on the beach), to the wealthy on Clifton 4th Beach were highlighted. Isolated from environment, people pictured as product, through subtle labelling reveal an informing, visceral and open portrait of a new South African community.

The Artists

Trevor Appleson