This exhibition is a document of lifelong friendship, presented through digital and analogue photography, Super 8 film loops and audio recordings. The subject is Gareth, a 46 year old Belfast native who has been a friend of filmmaker and artist Vincent Kinnaird since the age of 4. This is a portrait of a person, who is neither a star nor a model, but an everyday bloke and a best friend.Belfast is the backdrop of most of the photographs in this exhibition, linking Gareth with places such as St George’s Market, the City Hall, various pubs and other locations. Leaving the privacy of a home and placing the encounters in the urban environment makes the images a record of both the personal development of the protagonist and the changes of the city. Interpreted in this way, Gareth becomes all of us, captured in the type of picture that is familiar and steeped in memories or associations.
In this work, Vincent Kinnaird creates a counter-representation to commercial and corporate photography and film, staging an alternative to the commodification of people to sell or advertise products. At a time when smart phones and social media allow everyone to take and archive numerous pictures and films, leaving a digital trail of their daily life; what meaning do these pictures and films have? And, is it possible to find poetry in the everyday? With its gritty realism, experimental adventure and directness, the exhibition seems to indicate that.