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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Angela Kelly

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Northeast

Catharsis: Images of Post Conflict Belfast

Belfast, N. Ireland has a painful history. After a 30 year sectarian war, it is attempting to re-invent itself as a tourist site. It is not so much the idea that Belfast has re-invented itself as part of a new Europe that intrigues me rather, it is the residue or trace of what it once was and still is, coupled with a sense of the new, that I find evocative. This work resides in the intersection between identity. personal memory and social history. I combine album images made by my father in Catholic west Belfast with my photographs of post-conflict tourist sites made within Protestant areas along the peace walls; marking each image with its GPS coordinates to reference Belfast's past military history.

1_Private Compound_Album Photo_Rita and Kate

Police Barracks_Album Photo_Mother

4_Sectarian Bonfire Site_Album Image_Angela and Tony

5_Olympia Dock_Belfast_Album Image_Angela

Thompson Graving Dock_Album Image_William Somerville_Angela_Tony

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