Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

6th Oct - 19th Nov

Re-Imagining Treason

In Re-Imagining Treason, Mhairi Sutherland combines research and lens-based media to explore imperialism and nationalism. Rep...

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6th Sep - 15th Oct

Street View: To Bend & To Shape

In this new work for Streetview, Clare Samuel explores the notion of the Self and the Other. Specifically, in relation to fem...

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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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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