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No irony necessary

April 19, 2014

_74153944_belum.u2438_f.e.mcwilliamA new exhibition in Belfast looks interesting, but alas a change of plans means I won’t be there to see it (or the start of the Giro d’Italia)…
The Art of the Troubles – looks at art produced in response to the war in Ireland – pictures is F.E. McWilliam’s 1974 sculpture ‘Woman in Bomb Blast’ – one of the earliest artistic responses to the Troubles. The exhibition is on until September at the Ulster Museum, who without any sense of irony are hosting a children’s event:

“Sue McGrath – ‘Scientific Sue’ from Science2Life delivers a highly explosive show to support our wonderful new ‘Elements’ exhibition. Danger and fun are guaranteed!! BEWARE:- there are lots of flames and explosions and very loud bangs! Members of the audience are invited to take part. So, if you have someone who needs exploded [sic] or just covered in horse’s pee, bring them along”

I’ve met two photographers who have explored the subject. Dominic Wylie’s photographic dissection of The Maze prison and Paul Seawright’s banal depiction of the places sectarian murders took place are both works that use the technique of not showing the subject or event to better explain the subject or event.

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