And, if we observe the present blends unique approaches to photographic materiality, bringing a selection of media, installation and intervention to the Catalyst Arts Gallery.
Through an open call process, we asked artists who employ photography in their work to propose how the idea of a future can be visualised, predicted and prepared for. Four artists from across the island of Ireland were selected for their innovative interpretations of the theme: Kitsch Doom, Ben Malcomsom, Kate McElroy, and Dónal Talbot. Each of these artists’ individual practices explore the medium’s potential to expand and thrive in a multidisciplinary approach that utilises photography as a point of departure.
Their varying practices touch upon queer identity and experience, safe and reimagined space, decay and ruin, analogue and AI technologies. These concepts are collectively re-examined as narratives for possibility.
Constructed through the lenses of these emerging artists, And, if we observe the present is an enquiry into how desired futures take shape, take hold and take time.
This project was produced as part of the Belfast Photo Festival “Futures” with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.