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Belfast Self-Portrait

Time/Date - 10:35 - 10:35, Fri 7 Jul 2017 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

See this exhibition in the Belfast Room.

Belfast-Self-Portraits-page-image.jpgThis exhibition is part of a wider Belfast Self-Portrait project that offers a unique visual snapshot of the changing demographics of the city and – in the context of the recent increase in hate-crime and ongoing issues around sectarianism –provides a positive image of Belfast’s growing ethnic and religious diversity.

In autumn 2016, a makeshift photographic studio was set up in two widely-used spaces in Belfast: CastleCourt Shopping Centre and the Ulster Museum.  Passers-by were offered the chance to come in and take their own portrait however they chose.  Every participant received a free print of their photograph.  Now, the images are the subject of a new exhibition in the Belfast Room at the Ulster Museum opening on 7 July.

The format of the project was initially developed by the photographer Brian Homer in Birmingham in 1979, another period of heightened racial tension.  Developed by Dr Kieran Connell, from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, and photographers Brian Homer and Timm Sonnenschein, this is the first time a similar project has run outside England.  At a time when the issue of immigration continues to dominate the political conversation, the Belfast Self-Portraits Project offers an alternative perspective of a city that continues to be seen through the prism of division and disunity.


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