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Belfast Exposed Photography: MICHAEL WOLF - TOKYO COMPRESSION - 3 July 2015 to 22 Aug 2015

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3 July 2015 to 22 Aug 2015
Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday – 11am to 4pm
Belfast Exposed Photography
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Tokyo Compression © Michael Wolf.
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Artists in this exhibition: Michael Wolf


Two New Exhibitions at Belfast Exposed: Michael Wolf and Award Winning local talent Jan McCullough 

TOKYO COMPRESSION
MICHAEL WOLF 

Preview: Thursday 2 July, 7-9pm
Exhibition runs: 3 July - 22 August 2015 

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Michael Wolf’s iconic photo series Tokyo Compression which depicts the daily commute in Tokyo.

The series is made up of portraits of people in the subway constrained between glass, steel and fellow travelers. The work is a fascinating study in the psychology of the modern commuter and the techniques people use to cope with the difficulty of this daily necessity.

Tokyo Compression regards the subway as a metonym for contemporary life. It is a dystopian view of the pressures of daily working life in large cities, and in the globalized, market-driven, developed world more generally. The edit, which is concentrated on the passengers’ facial expressions and body language, moves the work from a straight documentary description of discomfort towards a dramatization of suffering.

Tokyo Compression speaks of the alienation of the working masses. It queries ideas of community, enforced or otherwise, and the increasing importance and precariousness of trust in our society and our systems – social, political and economic. Tokyo Compression speaks of the pressure of time and the burden of waiting; about mobility, the drive to succeed, and the fear and anxiety of failure. It also speaks poignantly of sadness and loneliness.

Michael Wolf (b. Munich, Germany) lives in Hong Kong. He studied at UC Berkeley in the US and at the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. Wolf worked as a contract photographer for Stern magazine for eight years before focusing on his own projects in the early 2000s.  His work has been exhibited world wide and is held in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Wolf won first prize in the World Press Photo Awards in 2005 and 2010. He has published 20 photo books.

Acknowledgements

Tokyo Compression is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

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HOME INSTRUCTION MANUAL
JAN MCCULLOUGH 

Preview: Thursday 2 July, 7-9pm
Exhibition runs: 3 July - 22 August 2015

Jan mcCullough is the most recent artist to take part in the Belfast Exposed Futures programme. In Home Instruction Manual the artist typed ‘how to make a home’ into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts exchanged detailed instructions on how to make a house a home. She rented a house and carried out the strangers’ advice exactly over the period of two months. The photographs in this series document the end result of her time living and working in the house.  Belfast Exposed Futures presents ‘Living Room’, an excerpt from the series.

Jan McCullough (b.1991) graduated from the Belfast School of Art in 2013. She recently won the Kassel Fotobook festival Dummy Award 2015, the Genesis Award at FORMAT International Photography Festival and exhibited as part of Reconstructions at Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery (2014) and at the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris (2014).

Belfast Exposed Futures is a new programme dedicated to showing and promoting the best new photographic talent from Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six artists a year in a series of solo shows. It is presented upstairs in the former Exchange Gallery Space at Belfast Exposed and is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland and The Directory. 

To accompany Jan McCullough’s exhibition we have produced a limited edition poster print available to buy at £40. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.





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