Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

14th Jun - 27th Jul

Margins of Excess

Margins of Excess exists at the intersection between accepted truth and subjective realities, between fact and fiction. The s...

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7th Jun - 29th Jun

Portraiture In The Post Truth Era

In partnership with Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Portraiture In The Post Truth Era, an exh...

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Community

10th May - 10th Aug

In Full Bloom Exhibition – Experiences

The showcase of work in the Arts Care In Full Bloom Exhibitions - Experiences, exhibiting in Belfast Exposed’s Studio Galle...

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1st Apr - 24th Apr

Living in the Moment

Living in the moment is a collaboration between Belfast Exposed and a group of tenants from Mullan Mews and Sydenham Court, t...

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The Maze

Gallery 1

12th Mar 2004 to 23rd Apr 2004

About The Exhibition

The Maze is a photographic exploration of one of the world's most famous prisons. For nearly thirty years the Maze prison, near the small town of Maze, ten miles outside Belfast, played a unique role in the Northern Ireland troubles. Built in 1976 at the instruction of Merlyn Rees, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to house 'special category' prisoners. It became a microcosm of the political conflict in Northern Ireland, with prisoners segregated according to their political beliefs and membership of paramilitary organizations. It was the scene of violent protests, hunger strikes, mass escapes and deaths of both prisoners and prison staff.

With the support of Brighton University and in conjunction with the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television in Bradford, the Northern Ireland Prison Service gave Donovan Wylie exclusive permission to photograph freely throughout the entire prison complex without supervision. The site has never been photographed extensively before. The result is a body of work which aims to document the physical structure of the place and at the same time, through the quantity and style of the photographs, to give the viewer some experience of the psychological impact of being inside the Maze.

The Maze is published by Granta and printed by Steidl. Donovan Wylie is a Magnum photographer.

The Artists

Donovan Wylie