Visit our temporary exhibition, 'Against The Image: Photography. Media. Manipulation.' in Gallery 4 at Ulster Museum, in partnership with Belfast Photo Festival 2022. 

This exhibition examines the authority of the photograph in our era of mass media and mass (mis)information. The way we consume news and media imagery has evolved, with access to the world seemingly at our fingertips: is what we see the reality? 

Artists are exposing this tension: between the truth of events and how they are presented. Responding to various global events and conflicts, the artists included here challenge and expose photography’s highly subjective and mediated nature. They do this by subverting the medium itself—working onto the surface of, distorting or otherwise manipulating images—to expose narratives that often go unseen or in some ways resist representation. In doing so, they encourage us to question what photographic practice is in the modern age and reflect on how we absorb media in our daily lives. 

Belfast Photo Festival 2022: The Verge
3 - 30 June

This year’s city-wide Belfast Photo Festival explores untold stories, under-represented narratives and perspectives on the world that too often go unseen. Celebrating photography that pushes against dominant social, cultural, historical and visual frameworks, it features the work of artists who find themselves—both conceptually and aesthetically—on the verge of new territories.

This exhibition is co-curated by Clare Gormley, Head of Programmes and Partnerships at Belfast Photo Festival, and Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at Ulster Museum (National Museums NI).

Associated events:

ARTIST TALK: TABITHA SOREN

SYMPOSIUM: SURFACE TENSION: MASS MEDIA, (MIS)INFORMATION, DEMOCRACY & THE DIGITAL GAZE

ARTIST TALK: VICTOR SLOAN

 

This exhibition is supported by:

Image captions:

Surface Tension series (2013-2021) Tabitha Soren © courtesy of the artist

Walls series (1989) Victor Sloan © courtesy of the artist