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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Still Lovers

Gallery 1

1st Sep 2005 to 14th Oct 2005

About The Exhibition

Still Lovers by American photographer Elena Dorfman is a series of large format photographs depicting hyper-realistic sex dolls and their owners in various domestic settings.

The dolls are made of silicone hand-molded onto a steel skeleton. They are anatomically correct and can be used for sexual purposes. They are available in a range of female forms, with optional eye colour, face, hairstyle and body type. They are expensive, costing around £5,000 each.

Rather than emphasise the sexual function of the dolls, Dorfman is interested in the complex relationships that have formed between the owners and their dolls. In this series she photographs male and female doll-owners, with their dolls, in banal domestic situations ­ watching television, at the kitchen table, in the garden. One doll owner fantasizes about marrying his doll, another holds the hand of his "date" as they watch television on the couch, and yet another owns several dolls that she shares with her family as a reflection of different aspects of her own sexuality and personality.

New Audio Descriptor Facility:
In order to demonstrate its commitment to improving accessibility, experimentation and partnership, Belfast Exposed Photography will showcase a new audio descriptor system in the context of the Still Lovers exhibition. Belfast Exposed Photography is pioneering the development of a radically new audio interpretative system for galleries and museums in partnership with the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University, Belfast. Specifically designed for use by people with visual impairments but available to all gallery users, the system proposes to treat the gallery as a soundscape environment in which images exist in relationship to one another. Breaking with traditional more linear modes of audio description, this system will give visitors choices in how they view and interact with the exhibition - they can view the work entirely unmediated if they wish, or select different levels of interpretation from straightforward descriptions to complex sound environments. For more information about Belfast Exposed's new audio descriptor system please email: info@belfastexposed.org

The Artists

Elena Dorfman

Artist Biography

Elena Dorfman currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. She is represented by the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. Her work will be exhibited at Paris Photo in November 2005. For more information about the artist please visit: http://www.elenadorfman.com