Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

30th Nov - 23rd Dec

The Big Christmas Photo Sale

In preparation for Christmas, Belfast Exposed will be transforming Gallery II into a Big Christmas Photo Sale spectacular.  ...

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25th Nov - 23rd Dec

We, Us, Them – Preview

We, Us, Them is a collaborative artist exchange residency and exhibition programme between Belfast Exposed Photography in Nor...

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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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Beasts of Burden

Gallery 1

7th Oct 2021 to 23rd Dec 2021

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition ‘Beasts of Burden’ wh

ich showcases new works by Paul Seawright. This insightful exhibition will be showcased as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. The exhibition opening night will take place during Late Night Art on the 7th October at 6pm - 9pm.

In ‘Beasts of Burden’, Paul Seawright turns his attention to Rwanda. In the Rwandan genocide of 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority murdered an estimated one million people, mostly of the Tutsi minority in just 100 days. The genocide spread throughout the country, as ordinary citizens were incited by local officials and the Hutu Power government to take up arms against their neighbours. 25 years later a distinctive project, “Cows for Peace”, pairs perpetrators with their victims. In the project, the groups meet and raise a cow together to reconcile and develop a sustainable future.

In 2019, Paul Seawright accompanied the group as a photographer, creating ‘Beasts of Burden’. Seawright’s images examine what is invisible within this space: the tension of the place but also the delicate nature of the caretakers when working with these animals, the landscape where these atrocities occurred but also a non-judgemental look at the people still inhabiting the land, without revealing sides or social standing. Beasts of Burden offers a powerful look at Rwanda post-conflict and the nature of trauma, reconciliation, and community.

“We are privileged that Paul Seawright has decided to share his recent work on the reconciliation within Rwanda with Belfast Exposed. Following the shocking genocide in Rwanda, the government’s creative Cows for Peace programme, created to bring its broken communities together, is one that can inspire communities across the world.” – Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed

 

The Artists

Paul Seawright

Artist Biography

Professor Paul Seawright is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Ulster University and has an international profile as an artist and researcher. His photographic work is held in many museum collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Tate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, International Centre of Photography New York, Arts Councils of Ireland, England and Northern Ireland, UK Government Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London to undertake a war art commission in Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in North America, Canada, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Korea, Japan and China. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He is represented by the Kerlin Gallery Dublin.

Events

Exhibition Opening

Thursday 7th October | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Belfast Exposed

Free
Paul Seawright in Conversation with Colin Davidson

4th November 2021 | 6pm | Belfast Exposed

Free

Acknowledgements

‘Beasts of Burden’ is generously sponsored by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.