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Belfast Exposed Photography: Sylvia Grace Borda - CHURCHES - 20 Jan 2012 to 2 Mar 2012

Current Exhibition

20 Jan 2012 to 2 Mar 2012
Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday – 11am to 4pm
Opening Thursday 19th January 2012 7-
Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place
23 Donegall Street
United Kingdom
T: 44 028 90 23 09 65

Untitled from Churches (2012) © Sylvia Grace Borda

Artists in this exhibition: Sylvia Grace Borda

Sylvia Grace Borda

20 January – 2 March 2012

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present new work by Canadian artist Sylvia Grace Borda. Borda is interested in exploring the architectural legacy of Modernism in Northern Ireland and has made a photographic survey of its Modernist churches. Produced over 2 years, Churches is an extensive photographic typology, which forms a contemporary portrait of Northern Ireland, and its unchronicled Modernist past.

Modernist civic buildings in Northern Ireland have been characteristically imposing, adopting brutalist architectural strategies. Many of its Modernist churches however have aspired to be ethereal and open. These designs reflected the Modernist 1960s idea that architecture had a potential, through spatial openness, to improve social and political lives. Modernist churches employed architectural designs that did not privilege one particular faith over another. It is almost impossible to examine the structural form of many churches and readily distinguish the associated faith.

Churches will be an exhibition in 3 parts: a video projection of over 100 images of different Modernist churches photographed across Northern Ireland; an installation of photo-printed, ceramic plates, entitled ‘Coming to the Table’ and a display of ceramic plates from official NI public collections. The ceramic element relates to the traditional souvenir, and its popularity as a token of remembrance, often associated with travel and the depiction of picturesque locales.

As a Canadian-born artist who has lived and worked in Northern Ireland for a number of years, Borda is interested in re-addressing national and international public views of Northern Ireland, and questioning familiar and often stereotypical representations of its landscape, built environment and cultural heritage.

Artist’s Biography
Sylvia Grace Borda is an artist and Associate Researcher in the Department of Digital Media at the Faculty of Art & Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She studied Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia (MA Hons) and Media & Photography (BA Hons) at Vancouver Community College and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver.

Solo exhibitions include Cameras and Watercolour Sunsets, CSA Space Vancouver (2010); A Holiday in Glenrothes, Royal Institute of Architect’s Scotland Gallery, Edinburgh (2008); EK Modernism, CSA Space (2007); New Town Passages, EKAC Galleries, Glasgow (2006); Minimalist Portraits, SAW Art Gallery, Ottawa (2005); and Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC Surrey Art Gallery, Canada (2005).

Sylvia Grace Borda has received a number of public grants and awards including City of Richmond Public Art Commssion: No.4 Pump Station (2010-11), Cultural Capital of Canada Artist status award in combination with Cultural Olympiad project status for the Winter Olympics (2008-10), the Innovation Award, The Lighthouse Gallery Glasgow (2006), and the Urban Culture Award (through the Millennium Commission, Cities of Culture Liverpool) for 2005-07.

Churches is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Department of Social Development.

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