Wednesday, 3 March 2010

the troubles with Harry Thursday opening

The Troubles with Harry’, a video installation and collaboration between film maker Gareth Mayes and Visual Artist David Turner.

‘In this exhibition we have utilized rare and unique 8mm amateur footage of ‘the Troubles,’ taken in 1973 by local chemist and amateur videographer Harry Martin. Our aim is to invite the spectator to draw upon their historical awareness of the country: upon the nature of art activity itself and to consider one man’s personal endeavor to visually document the history of his country, and its ability today, to communicate contemporary societal truths. Highlighting notions of identity, the fallibility of memory and the ambiguity of imagery the work is not necessarily to deliver a discourse or provide a political or social message for interpretation but more to express towards a collective contemplation of the past and personal reflection of ‘the Troubles.’’

The conflict in Northern Ireland, commonly referred to as ‘the Troubles,’ has been one of the most documented, closely watched and hotly debated disputes of our time. It has provided subject material and theme for many artists throughout the world. Still and motion picture photography has played an important part in the recording and representing of the conflict and has provided either directly or indirectly the basis for many artists to approach the inherently controversial and problematic subject.

The Troubles With Harry previews in Platform Arts, No 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA on Thursday 4th March 2010, and runs until 20th March 2010 (Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm).

For further information please contact or David on 077 79255375

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