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Postponed: Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland

Event date
17 March 2020 - 19 June 2020
Postponed: Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland

Update: This event has been postponed  
Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the government’s social distancing advice, ‘Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland’ has been postponed until further notice. 

Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland 
Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) W224, LCC
Exhibition: Wednesday 18 March - Friday 19 June 2020, open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday 11am - 4pm and at other times by appointment.

PARC is pleased to present the launch of Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland. 

Territorial Troubles: Contested Realities in Northern Ireland is a project that connects oppositional perspectives through film and photographic practices to offer a new visual exchange and the prospect of dialogue. A selection of twenty-one photographs showcases some of the most iconic images of the ‘Troubles’ by Magnum photographers Abbas, Bruno Barbey, Ian Berry, Stuart Franklin, Leonard Freed, Philip Jones-Griffiths and Chris Steele-Perkins. In dialogue with these photographs is a new multi-screen installation from Cahal McLaughlin’s acclaimed Prisons Memory Archive. Juxtaposing these two powerful, contrasting, bodies of work, Territorial Troubles explores how records of conflict in photography and film can be curated to engage memory of recent trauma, make space for reflection and, for some, create a path towards a dialogue that can open onto a more restorative process. 

A series of screenings of feature films about the Troubles accompanies the exhibition alongside seminars with key visual theorists Nick Mirzoeff and Mark Sealy. These will explore the dynamics of ‘decolonising’ the exhibited imagery and are run in conjunction with UAL Decolonising Arts Institute. Our programme includes a Study Day with Professor McLaughin joined by key practitioners and thinkers, and a special discussion event with Jo Berry, whose father was an MP killed in the IRA’s Brighton bombing. 

This project is curated by Brigitte Lardinois and Oisín Davies from the Photography and Archive Research Centre at LCC and Pratap Rughani, Professor of Documentary Practices at LCC. 

The opening night reception will coincide with the launch of the updated version of Magnum Ireland by Brigitte Lardinois and Val Williams published by Thames and Hudson. 

We are pleased Professor Cahal McLaughlin will be joining us from Queens University Belfast to publicly open the exhibition at the launch on 17th. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Image: Leonard Freed, Derry/Londonderry, 1971 Magnum Photo

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Important filming and photography notice: 
Please note that filming and photography will be taking place throughout the event. Bigger crowds, smaller groups and individuals may be captured on camera. All imagery and footage may at some point be published on the College's website, social media channels, and in print. 

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