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Belfast Exposed has a rich and varied understanding of the photography graduates of Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art, having represented a number of them since the launch of the Belfast Exposed Futures programme in 2015. It understands that being a young photographer, belonging to the future, has very little to do with actual age. It has to do with qualities that allow the photographer to use the medium of photography in a way that illuminates the now. Beyond View provides a nod to that which is beyond the now, out of view, that which lies ahead even. This is of course the unknown and it reminds us that photography’s contradictory relationship with time renders it permanently in the past, while continually aiming at the future. The same might also be said of education. As such, this exhibition, whilst marking ten years of a Photography Department, does not strive to be a summary of the work produced during those ten years. It is, in fact, acutely conscious of how much is absent in what is present.
- Ailbhe Greaney, Lecturer in Photography, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.
Ailbhe Greaney's, Nam, Paris, from the series 'StreetFlower', was one of the pieces invited for exhibition.The work ‘Street Flower’, created as part of a Residency Award at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, depicts a young generation of Vietnamese women living in Paris now, as well as the daughters of women who travelled by boat to Europe in the 1970’s. Here they wear jackets within Parisian landscapes that they previously wore moving through the streets of Vietnam by moped. In Vietnam the jackets are worn to protect the skin from the sun. The jackets are multi-coloured, with floral patterns. They are not traditional, nor do they reference the past. Rather, they are a part of contemporary culture, referencing a momentum that is forward facing. Moving en masse through the streets of Hanoi and Saigon, women wearing these jackets, appear like a moving garden.
Photography enables us to recreate one world within another. It has the ability to transport like a magic carpet or the white horse from the tale of Tir na NOg (Land of the Young). Within these images colour and dress become a language, and the photographs a kind of fabric, which transform and re-imagine complex personal identities, connecting people and place across time and space. Specifically, the displacement of the Vietnamese jackets re-locates aspects of Vietnamese sun, style and subtlety of substance, within a Parisian landscape.
|Publication status||Published - 9 Mar 2018|
Ailbhe Greaney Keynote Speaker - A Sense of Practice: How do you do... original research? | APHE Symposium and Interim AGM | Arts University Bournemouth | 27th November 2019
Ailbhe Greaney (Speaker)27 Nov 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talkFile
Ailbhe Greaney (Participant)2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organising a conference, workshop, ...
Ailbhe Greaney (Participant)Jun 2018
Greaney, A., 28 Mar 2018
Research output: Non-textual form › ArtefactOpen AccessFile
Street Flower: An Impossible View - Family Values: Society for Photographic Education 54th International ConferenceGreaney, A., 11 Mar 2017.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Other › peer-reviewFile
Greaney, Ailbhe (Recipient), 2014
Prize: Honorary award
Greaney, Ailbhe (Recipient), 2017
Prize: Other distinction