Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

3rd Jun - 17th Jul

Street View: Yan Wang Preston

Belfast Exposed’s Street View presents Yan Wang Preston’s three bodies of work produced in the last decade, for which she...

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3rd Jun - 17th Jul

Aeon

Belfast Exposed presents AEON, a solo exhibition by Swiss photographer and artist Marcel Rickli. AEON explores radioactive wa...

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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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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.