Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Street View: Tristan Poyser which features two projects – The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border and Masked: a Portrait of Amazon – by artist Tristan Poyser. The two projects share a commonality, in that they both explore political, cultural and social issues at a time of great uncertainty. In both projects, Poyser engaged with the public to ‘encompass their opinions, hopes and desires about their unique socio-political situations. As a collective, their voices amass an account which is representative of precarious times. Each respondent was invited to tear a print in ‘The Invisible In-between’ to make the invisible visible then to share a written comment about their thoughts on Brexit. In a similar manner, a subset of photographs from ‘Masked’ is a series of 130 Amazon employees asked to write and display their introspections.’
Video link – Street View: Tristan Poyser
Tristan Poyser’s project The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border, which exhibited at Belfast Exposed in 2019, began as a response to the results of the UK’s Brexit referendum. Poyser spent two years travelling and photographing the full length of the 510 km Irish border.
The materiality of the border is shown through a physical tear, making the invisible, visible. The act of tearing creates uneasiness, evoking notions of the political and economic tensions surrounding the border’s position within the Brexit negotiations, symbolising the divorce of the UK from the 27 remaining states. The Invisible In-between shows the viewer the reality of the border & encourages them to explore the intangible nature & uneasiness surrounding it. Poyser walked areas with Irish border born poets Conor O’Callaghan and Jacqui Devenney Reed, and consulted with Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border.
Belfast Exposed Creative Director, Deirdre Robb, stated: “It is important that this work is showcased to the public at this momentous time, as the impacts of the two life-changing events is now shaping our lives here in Northern Ireland, Covid-19 & Brexit. As we start to feel the harsh reality of these two events have on jobs, economy and movement of goods and services, the narratives behind the photographs are truthful, poignant and timely.”