Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

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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8th Mar - 17th Apr

Street View: Matthew Finn

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Street View: Matthew Finn which features four projects - Mother, Uncle, Wife and So...

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Community

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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12th Nov - 10th Jun

Young Futures 2020/21

The ‘Young Futures’ programme, funded by Children in Need & Foyle Foundation, focuses on growing the next generation ...

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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.