Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

4th Aug - 24th Sep

Parr’s Ireland: 40 Years of Photography

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present 'Parr's Ireland: 40 Years of Photography', a retrospective of work by esteemed Britis...

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2nd Jun - 16th Jul

Thomas Albdorf at Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present a selection of three bodies of work by Vienna-based conceptual artist Thomas Albdorf....

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Community

24th May - 25th May

Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022

Belfast Exposed is proud to present The Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022, an exhibition featuring work from ...

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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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Memorial

Gallery 1

13th Jun 2002 to 18th Jul 2002

About The Exhibition

Public memorials express choices made between what will be forgotten of history and what remembered. Celebrating, condemning or consoling, memorials take sides and yet, traditionally, war memorials exist to create a sense of closure and consensus. In the particular circumstances of Belfast, memorials invariably serve to dramatise difference and heighten tension. From city centre monument to the murals and gardens of local communities, memorials that are sacred to one, may appear sacrilegious to another.

Earlier this year, Belfast Exposed awarded Peter Richards a Bursary to make photographic work documenting public memorials to war, conflict and disaster across the city of Belfast.

The project has taken Peter Richards, an artist based at Flax Art Studios in north Belfast, across the city to sites of state, community and personal memorial, including memorials on the Falls, Upper Springfield, Crumlin and Shankill Roads and in Ardoyne.

Richards adopted an innovative approach to the project, converting a 'wheelie-bin' into a pinhole camera, through which he directly exposed colour photographic paper, creating a unique series of original prints. In addition Richards used a 4x5 pinhole camera to expose transparencies for another series of images, which have in turn been digitally processed and printed.

'As well as providing me with a very simple method of dispersing crowds and jumping queues, my travels through Belfast with a wheelie bin camera have elicited a wide range of responses', says Peter. 'Attempts at photographing the Titanic Memorial at City Hall provoked a mass exodus of people from nearby bus stops. A little later, pushing through the Village on the south side of the city en route to the Falls, a local passer by informed me of another, equally innovative if rather more sinister use for Belfast wheelie bins, which possibly explained the nervousness of the crowds around City Hall. Apparently, the common or garden wheelie bin had occasionally served as shell casing for home made fertiliser bombs.'

Peter Richards will be present in the gallery on the opening night, where work from both series will be exhibited.

The Artists

Peter Richards

Acknowledgements

Belfast Exposed's Bursary & Exhibition programmes are supported by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of NI.