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. The exhibiting artists – Kitsch Doom, Ben Malcomsom, Kate McElroy, and Dónal Talbot – each employ photography in their work to propose how the idea of a future can be visualised, predicted and prepared for.
Writers Harvey Dimond, Lucie McLaughlin and Taiye Ojo have spent six weeks connecting with the exhibiting artists through conversations about the development of the exhibition. Exploring the conceptual framework through their writing practices. Dimond, McLaughlin and Ojo’s work will be presented through this event and published as a pamphlet.
The artists exhibiting in And, if we observe the present have collaborated with the writers, allowing them to respond intuitively to the artwork, and find new ways of making connections in a virtual space. This process has created unique relationships amongst the practitioners, and this has resulted in shared perspectives and creative outlooks, as they reflect on what the future means.
In this event Harvey, Lucie and Taiye will share their insights on the visual work and create an opportunity for those who cannot be present in Belfast to experience the exhibition.
Harvey Dimond is a British-Barbadian writer, researcher and artist living and working between Glasgow, Scotland and Athens, Greece. Through their practice they examine the relationship between the climate crisis, anti-Blackness and homo/trans-phobia. They were awarded a Decolonising Collections research residency by the Decolonising Arts Institute at UAL (2021) and an Emerging Curator’s Bursary from the British Art Network (2021).
Lucie McLaughlin is a writer from Belfast, currently based in Glasgow. She engages with writing as studio practice, focusing on the slippage between art and discipline, poetics and thinking, as a place where experimentation can reveal new connections in the relationship between the world and words. Recent work includes Thirstiness, an essay with SPAM (2021) and Suppose a Collapse, a collection of creative and critical writing with JOAN Publishing (2021)
Ojo Taiye is a Nigerian poet who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with society. He is the winner of many prestigious awards including the 2021 Hay Writer’s Circle Poetry Competition. He also makes use of collage & sampling techniques.
This project was made with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.