Gallery 1: AEON – Marcel Rickli
Exhibition Dates: 3 June – 17 July
The three exhibitions – Aeon, A Lightness of Touch and Street View: Yan Wang Preston – celebrate both international and local artists. Rickli’s and Preston’s work are underpinned by a concern and reverence for the environment and affirms Belfast Exposed’s commitment to show work that focuses on, and highlights, environment issues. Belfast Exposed, despite the covid-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns, has spent the last year supporting and promoting new talent and the exhibition ‘A Lightness of Touch’ is a continuation of that commitment and essential work for the development of the photographic and art infrastructure of Northern Ireland.
“Belfast Exposed is proud to reopen and welcome the public through our doors once again and showcase these extraordinary exhibitions featured in 2021 Belfast Photo Festival. We are offering three noteworthy exhibitions and are using this opportunity to draw the publics attention to environmental and identity-based issues through Rickli and Preston’s works that are complimented by a freshness, raw energy and compelling narratives contained in the works of emerging talent drawn from the Ulster University MFA Photography programme.” – Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed.
‘Aeon’, is a solo exhibition by Swiss international photographer and artist Marcel Rickli, who combines conceptual and documentary photography that explores radioactive waste repositories and questions how they will affect humanity for future generations. In Rickli’s investigations he examines the use of signs, symbols and language as a communicator capable of warning of the dangers of these sites for thousands of years to come. The exhibition is a striking representation of these inquiries with high visual content in large scale photography and sculptural elements enhanced by a subtle sound installation.
A Lightness of Touch
Celebrating photography’s rising stars of the future, ‘A Lightness of Touch’, is the end-of-year degree show for the MFA Photography graduates at Ulster University, which connects a broad range of thoughts, experiences, and feelings. The content is far-reaching and diverse with works by national and international artists. What bind the artists of this show together is not the subject of their work, but their sensitive and tender approach towards capturing their subjects; a particular lightness of touch.
Street View: Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston is an award-winning practicing artist whose exhibition on Street View is a combination of renowned bodies of work – ‘Hé – River Together’, ‘Mother River’ and ‘Forest’. These photographic based works have been made over the past 10 years and includes images, performance art, videos and books. Presented in a multi-media digital format, audiences will get a holistic view of the artist practice investigating relationships between people and place with long-term interests in contested definitions, myths, politics and ideologies of nature in contemporary societies. They are stunning examples of endurance photography which are as compelling as they are ambitious. A prime example of this is ‘Mother River’, on one level a modern-day adventure, where the photographer faced hazards from altitude sickness to mudslides. Preston used a large-format field camera, which produces huge negatives, offering images with astonishing detail and resolution. The images generated from the process form the most systematic photographic documentation of the Yangtze River made by one person since 1842.