Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

4th Jun - 29th Jun

Signals

Each year, Belfast Exposed proudly collaborates with Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art Photography Department to pr...

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4th Jun - 27th Jul

Belfast Stitched

Leon Krige is a South African photographer and architect on a mission to capture the intricate urban landscapes of major cosm...

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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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Close To You

Gallery 2

26th May 2016 to 23rd Jul 2016

About The Exhibition

Andrew Rankin has a long term interest in escapist fantasies and the role they play in contemporary society. In previous projects he has sought out individuals who choose to live at the threshold between real and fantasy life, creating for themselves an augmented, more preferable reality. In this new work Rankin examines his own engagement with the media; considering it as a mechanism and catalyst for creating fantasies and shaping idealised expectations of love and happiness. In Close to You, the artist has made a series of screen portraits of famous Hollywood actresses from popular films. He has written letters to each of these actresses to ask them to participate in his latest project and visited the locations of key scenes from these films, presenting these sites as projections of his own desire.

The Artists

Andrew Rankin

Artist Biography

Andrew Rankin is a 2010 graduate of the BA(Hons) Photography course at the University of Ulster Belfast. Since graduating Andrew has co-founded Belfast Photo Factory, a collective now in its fourth year of operation. He is also a founding partner of This is Work, A creative partnership working in the field of art direction.

Acknowledgements

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.