27 October to 23 December 2017

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 26 October 6-8.30pm

Belfast Exposed presents Catharsis – a new group exhibition which brings together three projects by contemporary photographers who use portraiture in innovative ways to explore and come to terms with complex family or personal histories. Employing different strategies, each artist uses photography as a means to unravel or respond to a repressed narrative around personal identity. Through the process of creative investigation they open a broader dialogue around the constraints that societal norms can impose upon the freedom of individual expression.

Amak Mahmoodian is an Iranian photographer, born the year after the revolution in 1979. She uses the official portraits taken for the Iranian birth certificate – the Shenasmenah – to question the representation of women in her home country. A Shenasmenah is valid for life, but the photograph must be updated in keeping with standards imposed by the government. For a woman, the taking of this photograph is a personally charged affair – her hair must be covered, and her face free of excessive make-up. If the woman’s appearance is not deemed officially ‘correct’, the photograph will be rejected.

By collecting and creating an archive of Shenasmenah portraits and fingerprints, and by taking the time to get to know each of her subjects, Mahmoodian seeks to draw attention to the individual personalities of the women behind their public-facing image.

Through her project, Ken. To Be Destroyed, Sara Davidmann also explores the tensions between an ‘acceptable’ public-facing image and a private personal identity. Sara Davidmann and her siblings inherited an arch.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965

Catharsis | Group Exhibition at Belfast Exposed, Belfast

12 October to 26 November 2017

Work by Carly Jean Andrews (USA) / Tuesday Bassen (USA) / Laura Callaghan (UK) / Anna DeFlorian (Italy) / Cécile Gariépy (Canada) / Penelope Gazin (USA) / Fiona McDonnell (UK) / Shannon Wright (USA).

Opening Thursday 12 October, 6 – 8pm – featuring a live set by GIRL DJs.

Featuring a stimulating mix of established and emerging talent from around the world, Phlox showcases some of the most vital work being made by female illustrators today. A survey conducted in 2010 by 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration discovered that of 527 illustrators living in the USA, the UK, Canada, Europe, and Asia/The Pacific, every single female illustrator – on average – made less than her male counterpart.

Phlox demonstrates how illustration industry sexism cannot silence female perspectives, with depictions of women as diverse as those who create them, exploring identity, race, sexuality, and representation.


The Naughton Gallery
Queens University Belfast
T:+44 28 9024 5133

PHLOX | Group Exhibition at Naughton Gallery, Belfast

1 to 30 June 2017

Artist Lise McGreevy, poet Jim Johnston, Composer Marie Therese Davis and Film maker Paul Whittaker. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to original compositions, created by Marie Therese and Jim, and the debut showing of a short film created by Paul and Jim.

English is now the predominant language being spoken in Northern Ireland and Ireland; where once both the Irish and Ulster Scots languages were spoken fluently and their cultures endorsed as a way of life for centenaries, by society north and south of the border.

The remit for all four artists for this installation was to promote and embrace both traditions of our society’s cultures equally, and create an original body of work which they best felt answered the question:
The culture, heritage and language of our joint Irish and Ulster Scots history – is it abandoned; forgotten?

The reply by all four was a resounding “NO”.
This installation has been endorsed by MLA Pam Cameron to be shown at The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfast.

Please contact Lise McGreevy ( for further details

Abandoned; Not Forgotten? | Group Exhibition at The Engine Room ...

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