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Belfast Exposed Photography: Anthony Haughey - Settlement - 29 June 2012 to 10 Aug 2012

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29 June 2012 to 10 Aug 2012
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Anthony Haughey
Settlement
29 June - 10 August 2012


Artists in this exhibition: Anthony Haughey


Settlement
Anthony Haughey

Opening Thursday 28 June 7-9pm
29 June - 10 August 2012

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Settlement, a photographic and architectural exhibition by Anthony Haughey. The exhibition includes photographs of ‘ghost estates’ shot around Ireland in 2010/11 and an architectural installation, including a scale model of the Anglo Irish Bank HQ designed by architect Paul O’Sullivan. Haughey has also collaborated with UCD Architecture students, DIT NAMAlab project and Mahoney Architects on the production of a series of alternative proposals for unfinished and disused sites. A number of these architectural proposals will be featured in the exhibition.
Throughout Ireland’s so called ‘Celtic Tiger’ years the country witnessed dramatic economic and cultural changes and unprecedented growth. Settlement explores the effects of economic growth on the natural landscape. Even in the smallest rural villages and towns private developers and credit rich individuals availed of favourable government tax breaks and laissez faire planning legislation to hastily build domestic housing estates for quick profit and to meet the demands of a growing population.

With the collapse of Ireland’s ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy, more than fifteen years of growth suddenly ended. The banks foreclosed on developer’s loans, all building projects across the state ceased. This resulted in ‘ghost estates’ and unfinished ‘one off houses'. During 2010 the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis estimated that there are currently more than 620 ‘ghost estates’ and thousands of empty houses throughout Ireland. These eerie ‘monuments’ are a testament to the end of Ireland’s gold rush and the resulting cost of unregulated growth.

There will be a discussion between Anthony Haughey and Dr Cian O'Callaghan on 29th June at 2pm. This will look at Haughey's work in Settlement and the phenomenon of 'ghost estates' in closer detail.

There will be a panel discussion on 9th August with representatives from North and South of Ireland. The discussion will focus on how to move forward from these ghost estates, how to use them and what to do with the unoccupied space that is widespread in cities and towns on both sides of the border.

For more details please see our website: www.belfastexposed.org

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