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The series « Entering Belfast » explores the Northern Irish city, which is segmented in to Catholic and Protestant districts. Each district flies the colors of its political and religious convictions, with both catholic and protestant communities delimiting their territory by affixing in the street the colors of their flag. Beyond a simple display of identity and convictions, these many virtual walls divide into specific areas the space of the city, and generally all of Northern Ireland. The use of black and white neutralizes the reading, and visually throws doubt on these identification marks of the territory.


La série “Entering Belfast” explore le tissus urbain de la ville nord-irlandaise, découpée en quartiers catholiques et protestants. Chaque quartier arbore les couleurs de ses convictions politiques et religieuses. Ainsi chaque communauté, catholique et protestante, délimite son territoire par l’apposition dans la rue des couleurs de son drapeau. Au delà d’un simple affichage d’identité et de convictions, il s’agit là d’autant de murs virtuels qui cadrillent ainsi l’espace de la ville, et d’une manière générale toute l’Irlande du nord.
l’utilisation du noir et blanc vient, visuellement, neutraliser et jeter le trouble sur ces signes d’identification du territoire.

 

                                                                                                                          
> Entering Belfast, Jérôme Diacre
Art
Presence n°46, janvier-février-mars 2004 (french)
 
 
Entering Belfast, 2002. Variable dimensions.
                                        Exhibition views : "Color Fields", Glassbox, Paris, 2005 (x3) Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, Pontault-Combault, 2006