Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

8th Nov - 21st Dec

Sixteen

Belfast Exposed is proud to present Sixteen. ‘What’s it like to be sixteen years old now?’ This is the central thread r...

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16th Oct - 26th Oct

We Are One World

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present We Are One World, exhibiting the work selected from the One World Photography competi...

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Community

24th Oct - 28th Nov

Through the Looking Glass

‘Through the Looking Glass’ a photographic exhibition by a group of women from the Greater Village Regeneration Trust. ...

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27th Sep - 15th Nov

WALLonWALL

WALLonWALL is a global photographic exhibition about walls that separate people worldwide photographed by award winning artis...

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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