Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

7th Oct - 13th Nov

Street View: ‘Ambassadors’ by Abbey Bratcher

Belfast Exposed is proud to present Street View: Ambassadors by artist Abbey Bratcher.Ambassadors set out to inspire and...

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7th Oct - 30th Oct

My Name is Maya

Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition that showcases new works by Belfast Exposed Futures Artist, Manon Oui...

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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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Beyond Maps and Atlases

Gallery 1

15th Jan 2016 to 19th Mar 2016

About The Exhibition

“At first, working in Ireland I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. My husband had died. I dispensed with the people and reflected on the atmosphere. I was guided by a feeling and a search, a longing for some kind of meaning in a place of myths and legends.”
Bertien van Manen, September 2015.

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Beyond Maps and Atlases by internationally renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen. This is the artist’s first body of work produced in Ireland and traces her journey across the island over the past year and a half. During her visits she stayed in the homes of strangers, mostly other photographers living across Ireland, who became friends with van Manen and made work alongside the artist. While travelling she became immersed in Irish literature and was guided by the words and landscapes of Seamus Heaney, John Banville and John McGahern as much as the people she travelled with.

Bertien van Manen is known for her poetic and intuitive style of photography, capturing intimate and spontaneous moments on a simple snapshot camera. Relying on chance encounters and accidental discoveries van Manen portrays an Irish landscape that is at times otherworldly in its beauty and raw in its savagery. She penetrates the private worlds of her subjects and renders contemporary Ireland as a place shrouded in mist and ghosts.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication of the same name that will be published by MACK books in January 2016. More information can be found here - the book will also be available to buy from the Belfast Exposed Bookshop.

The Artists

Bertien van Manen

Artist Biography

Bertien van Manen (b.1942) lives and works in Amsterdam. She has exhibited widely with solo and group exhibitions at major galleries including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), FOAM (Amsterdam), Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Photographers Gallery (London) and Fotomuseum Winterthur. Her work is part of major international collections including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) and The Metropolitan Museum of Photographie (Tokyo). Publications include A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters (1994), East Wind, West Wind (2001), In Moldova (2005), Give Me Your Image (2006), Let’s sit down before we go (2011), Easter and Oak Trees (2013), Moonshine (2014).

Events

Exhibition Opening and Book Signing

Thursday 14 January 2016 | Belfast Exposed

Free Admission