6 to 23 October 2017
Launch of a photographic exhibition by Embrace Studios photographer, George Robb. George is from East Belfast and premieres his solo exhibition, Bands, Beacons, and Bystanders, in the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in North Belfast, on Friday 6th October, 7pm – 9pm, with the exhibition continuing until 23rd October, supported by National Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Robb’s photographs explore the ‘Orange’ band and ‘Unionist’ culture of the 11th night bonfires and 12th of July parades. It is an observation of individuals in celebratory events simultaneously exploring changes in local cultural and political shifts. Robb is particularly interested in the interdependence and relationships established in the parade with the bands and the audience.
The images play on the energy created by the community through the experience of fun, joy, and camaraderie; however, he acknowledges, with strong military associations and often considered anti-nationalist it has conflicting connotations.
In this exhibition, Robb poses an alternative narrative in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Highlighting this perspective, he is giving a voice to the community through observation and presentation rather than judgment.