Thu, Oct 05|
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery II
Belfast Exposed Gallery II
Belfast Exposed presents ‘Not Surrendering’ by Mariusz Śmiejek, an exhibition of images taken from Śmiejek’s forthcoming photobook of the same name.
Time & Location
Oct 05, 2023, 6:00 PM
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery II, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF, UK
About the event
Not Surrendering tells the story of loyalist communities, struggling to shape a distinct identity in post-conflict Northern Ireland. In documents the daily lives of loyalist working-class communities, including members of the illegal paramilitary groups that exist within them. By focusing on the space and routine in which his subjects inhabit, Śmiejek gives us an insight into the ‘siege mentality of these communities. The work also spotlights the atmosphere of despair that accompanies each successive generation – trapped socially and mentally in unprocessed traumas from which it cannot escape.
The aim of Śmiejek’s work is to shine a light on reconciliation and healing in post-conflict societies. In Not Surrendering, the difficulties of healing communities that are divided territorially, politically, nationally, and religiously are examined. In particular, Śmiejek highlights the challenges facing those seeking to reach out to young people from families deeply involved in past and present conflicts.
We are also delighted that Not Surrendering will be accompanied by No Surrender: The Protestant an exhibition of archival work by Ed Kashi, the prolific American photojournalist whose work in the 1980s-1990s documenting Protestant communities shares many common themes with Not Surrendering.
Not Surrendering is on display in Gallery II from 5th to 28th October. It will be accompanied by an artist talk, with Mariusz Śmiejek in conversation with Malachi O'Doherty & Ed Kashi on 19th October.