The Journalist Art: Aftermath exhibition

Art | Aftermath exhibition


A major new exhibition called ‘Aftermath’ is set to tour a number of galleries in Ireland over the next few months setting out to explore the aftermath of conflict and trauma from the troubles of Northern Ireland and conflict situations worldwide.

In an idea originating along the border counties of Northern Ireland, a region which bore the overflow of those fleeing violence in the North, the exhibition takes on a multimedia format in uncovering the experiences and emotions of those who lived through flight and trauma.

While the peace process eliminated a lot of the surface violence in Northern Ireland, the exhibition serves to uncover the hidden aspects of surviving and living through conflict. The exhibition also includes the voice of asylum seekers from outside of Ireland who have experienced similar harrowing situations and feelings.

In a statement the project organizers describe the aim and direction of the exhibition.

“Aftermath’ sets out to explore hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams. The project brings together people directly affected by trauma to share their experiences through photography, film and music. Aftermath presents an extensive series of photographs by Anthony Haughey; a series of filmed interviews by Laurence McKeown; a specially designed sound installation, which engages visitors with the participants’ narratives and a commissioned music score by Elaine Agnew, which includes the voices of participants. The exhibition also includes archival newspaper articles and photographs documenting the growing tensions in Northern Ireland from 1968, and a music track contributed by DJ David Holmes.”

Filmmaker and Aftermath director Laurence McKeown further explained the significance of this new work.

“After peace agreements have been signed and the military/paramilitary apparatus of hostilities removed often little visible remains in societies as evidence of the conflict that recently took place. But for many who lived through that experience, or had to flee from it, the scars they carry are all too real and ever-present. Regardless of what side they took in the conflict, or none, they now must make sense out of what happened and where they go from here.”

The exhibition was developed by Diversity Challenges in partnership with The Integration Centre, the County Museum Dundalk and the Rural Community Network through funding from Co Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.

It will be shown in Dublin, Newry and Belfast until the end of the 2013.

Exhibition tour dates:

The Gallery of Photography, Dublin: 30 October – 10 November
The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry: 14 November – 30 November
Belfast Exposed, Belfast: 5 December – 20 December

The track ‘I want to tell you (Aftermath)’ by David Holmes and Keefus Cianca is available for streaming, along with other exhibition material, on the Aftermath