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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THF

Gallery 2

28th Apr 2017 to 27th May 2017

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed are delighted to present the next artist in the Belfast Exposed Futures programme, Aisling McCoy. THF is a new project exploring the former Templehof airport in Berlin.

The Nazi Air Ministry commissioned the building in 1936, envisioned by the regime as the ‘Gateway to Europe’. Following WWII, the airport came under US Military control, used to airlift supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet Blockade. The Templehof later functioned as a commercial airport, finally closing in 2008. Subsequent to its closure, the site was protected as a National Monument, and the airfield gifted to the people of Berlin as a public park, the Tempelhofer Feld. Since September 2015 one of the hangars at the terminal has been used as an emergency refugee shelter, currently housing approximately 800 asylum seekers as they wait to be granted refugee status.

THF reflects on the situation of refugees within the historical and architectural context, whilst using photography to explore the cycle of reinterpretation of an architectural site across a distinct range of political and ideological agendas. The work, which forms the first chapter of a longer-term project, further develops McCoy’s focus on the relationship between architecture and photography in how we construct meaning, and the overlap between image making and place making.

The Artists

Aisling McCoy