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Talk by Seán Kernan: ‘Belfast- Conflict to Peace’

Presidential Suite Seated

08/04/2023 3:00pm

Date: Saturday 8th April 2023
Time: Doors- 2.30pm Start- 3pm
Tickets: Free just sign up below!

“Nothing, not even the moving poetry recited by Ireland’s Joe Duggan and Jani Melia, could record the grim realities of Northern Ireland like the camera eye of photographer Sean McKernan” -Mary Cassi Daily Freeman New York.

Documentary Photographer Sean McKernan will present a talk about his powerful and revealing photographic retrospective exhibition “Belfast -Conflict to Peace”. A rare collection of images  that depict 40 year's of living & witnessing a city embroiled in a seemingly unresolvable violent conflict, it's impact on everyday life, the fragile road to peace and Belfast's recent transformation into a thriving city.  This highly acclaimed and visually stunning exhibition which recently returned from successful showings in Denver & New York USA spans over 40 years work documenting the gritty reality of the city were he has lived all of his life.

In 1983 Sean Co-Founded and for 18 years Directed Northern Irelands principle Social Photography Project and exhibition ”Belfast Exposed”, described by poet Seamus Heaney as “a marvelous moment” that had "a powerful, democratic feel running through these photographs which documented a common experience of unemployment, poor housing and economic deprivation, intensified by the effects of conflict and sectarian division and alleviated by the gritty humour of working class communities”. This Internationally respected project was a response to the often unchallenged representation of mainstream media and background of politically imposed censorship that provided local people from all sections of society with the opportunity to have their say through photography  

Sean will also talk about his practice of working within the community sector to enable divided communities to creatively engage and heal through photography. Thankfully life has changed dramatically over the past 25 year's since the signing of the 1998 “Good Friday Agreement” which brought a much welcomed yet fragile peace to City and Sean's talk will take us on his compelling personal photography journey through this turbulent period.

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