(from Belfast Exposed)
In this exhibition artist, filmmaker and choreographer Colin Gee explores how memory is held in architecture by responding to a selection of photographs drawn from the Belfast Exposed Photography archive.
Gee identifies an individual in each image and films his response to that individual, the ‘character’. His interest lies in avoiding the original narrative of the image. Though each film does not contain a full narrative, shifts in the characters’ tone can be understood as part of a larger, universal story.
In the gallery space, the film will be projected onto a wall through transparent toile screens that address two qualities common to both landscape and memory – the authority of a barrier and its function as a landmark.
The floating screens move as the public navigates around the space, responding to the their movement. Viewers will be able to see “into and between” the layers of the projected images, where the two dimensional projection becomes three-dimensional. The transparency brought to the photographs and the documented locations, invites a shift in the way location is recognized.
The original 5 images the filming is based around will be exhibited in the gallery as a point of reference.
Second from the left, foreground
(photo credit: Sean McKernan)
Man far left, face visible
Drummer, second from the left
Fifer, third from the right
(photo credit: Mervyn Smyth)
Boy, alone, on the right