Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

6th Feb - 30th Mar

Navigating Queer Landscapes

We are delighted to be working with the Queer Artist Forum to bring the work of two of its members to Embrace Style, the incl...

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7th Mar - 23rd Mar

Memorial UnMemorial

Artist Gwen Stevenson embarked on a poignant year-long durational performance, marking the 25th Anniversary of the Good Frida...

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Community

25th Sep - 7th Oct

Young People Behind the Lens

Over the summer, a group of young people from Start 360 explored the cityscape of Belfast. They found new ways to see the...

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21st May - 22nd May

Showing the faces of dementia with Alzheimer’s NI

Ahead of the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019 (ASAC19), Belfast Exposed was commissioned by Alzheimer’s NI to w...

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Trees From Germany

Gallery 1

26th Sep 2003 to 6th Nov 2003

About The Exhibition

In November 2002 Belfast Exposed Photography commissioned John Duncan to produce a photographic work of Belfast post-conflict on the threshold of progress.

Duncan has spent five years photographing the impact of regeneration brought about by renewed economic confidence in the city. His previous work Boom Town shown at The Gallery of Photography in Dublin last year looked at developer's idealised visions for the future of Belfast. In this new work Duncan explores some of the realities of the apartments, hotels and offices that have now been built and in particular how they interface with pre-existing aspects of the city. In an image central to the work we see a twelfth of July bonfire competing for space on the skyline with the newly erected Days Hotel. In the next image at the front of the hotel a new lawn is being rolled out towards the mural that declares 'You are now entering Loyalist Sandy Row'. The photographs go on to reveal the gated compounds and private gardens inside the new apartment complexes that offer sanctuary to some of the cities residents. Alongside these are photographs of those parts of the city where traditional sectarian interfaces are still being reinforced. In one image we see a new town house enclosed on one side by a succession of fences. These start with a wooden garden variety and rise to a two storey steel mesh construction that marks this out from other more standard suburban developments. Through the work Duncan presents us with a detailed account of the current phase in Belfast’s evolution.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue containing specially commissioned essays by cultural commentator David Brett and novelist Glenn Patterson who has just published his third novel Number Five to widespread critical acclaim.

The Artists

John Duncan

Acknowledgements

This New Work Commission was supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Lottery Fund.