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Margins of Excess

Gallery 1

14th Jun 2019 to 27th Jul 2019

About The Exhibition

Margins of Excess exists at the intersection between accepted truth and subjective realities, between fact and fiction. The series focuses on the stories of six characters based in North America all of whom momentarily received nationwide attention in the US press.

Darius McCollum drew the limelight through his compulsive high jacking of trains, Herman Rosenblat through his self-invented love-story set in a concentration camp during WWII and Richard Heene staged an elaborate television hoax. Rachel Doležal believes that she is African American and Ali Alqaisi claims to be the ‘hooded man’ in the iconic photo from Abu Ghraib prison while Jay J. Armes has all the hallmarks of a real-life superhero. Each of these characters maintain their own highly personal sense of individual truth in their attempts to realise a dream or passion, but were presented as frauds or deceivers by the mass media.

In responding to our so-called post-truth era, Margins of Excess proposes a new multi-layered approach to documentary photography, one where the definitions between truth, fiction and entertainment are fluid. The artist notes “I want to embrace a form of ‘realism’, rather than representing reality itself. Instead of experiencing images as objective representations, we should see them as proposals, or little arguments. My motive is not to unveil the reality behind illusion but to perceive the reality in the illusion itself.”

Curated by Sarah Allen

The Artists

Max Pinckers

Artist Biography

Max Pinckers (b.1988, BE) is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores visual strategies in documentary photography. Not believing in the possibility of sheer objectivity or neutrality, Pinckers advocates a manifest subjective approach, which is made visible through the explicit use of theatrical lighting, stage directions or extras. Extensive research and diligent technical preparation are combined with improvisation to obtain lively, unexpected, critical, simultaneously poetic and documentary images. His work takes shape as self-published artist books and exhibition installations such as The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), and Margins of Excess (2018). Pinckers is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent and has received multiple international awards, such as the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2015 and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press.


Exhibition Preview

Thursday 13 June | 6-9pm | Belfast Exposed

Free Admission
Artist Talk with Max Pinckers

Friday 14 June | 1:00pm | Belfast Exposed

Free Admission
Late Night Art

Thursday 4 July | 6-9pm | Belfast Exposed

Free Admission


Margins of Excess at Belfast Exposed is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Belfast Photo Festival.