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Belfast Exposed Photography: BERTIEN VAN MANEN | RUBY WALLIS - 15 Jan 2016 to 19 Mar 2016

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15 Jan 2016 to 19 Mar 2016
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Bundoran Co. Donegal © Bertien van Manen (2014)


Artists in this exhibition: Bertien van Manen, Ruby Wallis


BEYOND MAPS AND ATLASES
BERTIEN VAN MANEN 

15 January to 19 March 2016

“At first, working in Ireland I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. My husband had died. I dispensed with the people and reflected on the atmosphere. I was guided by a feeling and a search, a longing for some kind of meaning in a place of myths and legends.”    
Bertien van Manen, September 2015.

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Beyond Maps and Atlases by internationally renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen. This is the artist’s first body of work produced in Ireland and traces her journey across the island over the past year and a half. During her visits she stayed in the homes of strangers, mostly other photographers living across Ireland, who became friends with van Manen and made work alongside the artist. While travelling she became immersed in Irish literature and was guided by the words and landscapes of Seamus Heaney, John Banville and John McGahern as much as the people she travelled with.

Bertien van Manen is known for her poetic and intuitive style of photography, capturing intimate and spontaneous moments on a simple snapshot camera. Relying on chance encounters and accidental discoveries van Manen portrays an Irish landscape that is at times otherworldly in its beauty and raw in its savagery. She penetrates the private worlds of her subjects and renders contemporary Ireland as a place shrouded in mist and ghosts.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication of the same name that will be published by MACK books in January 2016. More information can be found here - the book will also be available to buy from the Belfast Exposed Bookshop. 

Artist Biography

Bertien van Manen (b.1942) lives and works in Amsterdam. She has exhibited widely with solo and group exhibitions at major galleries including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), FOAM (Amsterdam), Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Photographers Gallery (London) and Fotomuseum Winterthur. Her work is part of major international collections including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) and The Metropolitan Museum of Photographie (Tokyo). Publications include A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters (1994), East Wind, West Wind (2001), In Moldova (2005), Give Me Your Image (2006), Let’s sit down before we go (2011), Easter and Oak Trees (2013), Moonshine (2014).

Exhibition Opening and Book Signing - Thursday 14 January 2016

18.30 - Book signing with Bertien Van Manen for her latest publication Beyond Maps and Atlases by MACK (Copies will be available to purchase from the Belfast Exposed Bookshop for £35) 

19.00 to 21.00 - Official launch and opening speech from Dr Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith

More information about the opening can be found here

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RUBY WALLIS

14 JANUARY TO 27 FEBRUARY 2016 
 
Ruby Wallis questions photography’s potential to convey sensory experience to the viewer. Her photographs, focusing on the body in sensual surroundings, experiment with perspective and perception. Wallis seeks to challenge conventional representations of landscape, which are controlled by powerful vertical figure in a horizontal space. Instead of adopting the traditional distant view, she frames intimate points of contact.

Through her photographic practice, the artist contemplates the moments in which the body connects with its material surroundings.These images highlight interactions between tactile and tangible surfaces an substances be they natural or synthetic, organic or structured, intimate or abstract.

Artist Biography

Ruby Wallis completed her PhD in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She holds an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales. She is currently artist in residence at IMMA, (Dublin) and was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award. She won first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include the Burren College of Art (Co. Clare), Pallas Projects (Dublin), 126- Artists run gallery (Galway), and The Dock (Carrick- on-Shannon). Group shows include The Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Galerie du Faouëdic (France), The Lab (Dublin), Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, (Portugal) and Ffotogallery (Cardiff), Vondelbunker (Amsterdam).  Publications include the Journal for Artistic Research (Switzerland), Super Massive Blackhole Magazine (Dublin) and the British Journal of Photography (UK).


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