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Belfast Exposed Photography: Martin Parr - Welcome to Belfast | Ciarán Óg Arnold - “Oh, well, it was red anyway" - 14 Oct 2016 to 23 Dec 2016

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14 Oct 2016 to 23 Dec 2016
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© Martin Parr / Magnum Photos (2016)
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Artists in this exhibition: Martin Parr, Ciarán Óg Arnold


Welcome to Belfast
Martin Parr

14 October to 23 December 2016

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present this newly commissioned body of work by world renowned photographer, Martin Parr.

Since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, Northern Ireland has witnessed a dramatic economic resurgence. The tourism industry has flourished, bringing large-scale investment and unprecedented numbers of overseas visitors to the city. In recent years the tourist industry has been predominantly shaped by two key historical events; the legacy of the Titanic, the ill-fated ship that was built in the Belfast docks and the ‘Troubles’, a 40 year period of violent conflict whose resonances can still be keenly felt throughout Northern Ireland.

In 2012, the new Titanic Belfast Centre opened its doors, attracting 800,000 visitors in its first year.  This staggering flow of tourists to the city has been propelled by the recent upsurge in cruise liners now docking into Belfast. Many of these boats let loose over 3000 tourists a day and often there are as many as three boats a week. Elsewhere in the city, more grass roots industries have developed with the rise of ‘Troubles Tours’ taking in some of the key locations and political murals from the bloody days of the conflict.  Belfast Exposed have commissioned Martin Parr to make a new documentary project on Tourism in Belfast.

Artist Biography

Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 90 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established.

Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar. Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the organisation's president. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting Professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, including the Tate, the Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Acknowledgements

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council. Belfast Exposed would also like to thank Titanic Belfast and Rayanne House for their assistance in this project.

Exhibition Events

Friday 14 October, 10am - 5pm: Photography, Ireland and the Photobook

This major photobook symposium will take place at MAC Belfast and is organised in partnership with University of Ulster. Speakers include: Krass Clement, Martin Parr, Bertien van Manen, Mary Hamill, Jan McCullough, Jose Luis Neves, Bill Kirk and Frankie Quinn. To book please click here

A full programme of public events will accompany this exhibition.

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“Oh, well, it was red anyway"
Ciarán Óg Arnold

14 October to 23 December 2016

Belfast Exposed are pleased to present new work by Ciarán Óg Arnold. Since publishing his critically acclaimed first book I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all i could do was to get drunk again with MACK, the artist has continued to pursue an interest in the expression of masculinity within the claustrophobia of contemporary small town Ireland.

Ciarán Óg Arnold (b.1977) completed an MFA in photography at University of Ulster in 2012. He won the prestigious MACK First Book Award in 2015. His book received extensive press including features in The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography and The Royal Photographic Society. Arnold has recently exhibited at Seen 15 Gallery in London as part of Peckham 24, during Photo London. He has also exhibited at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, and Les Rencontres d’Arles, France.

To accompany this exhibition we have produced a limited edition A2 poster print available to buy at £25. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.

Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six early career artists a year in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers.

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.


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