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Belfast Exposed Photography: Declan Clarke - The Hopeless End of a Great Dream | Andrew Rankin - Close to You - 27 May 2016 to 23 July 2016

Current Exhibition


27 May 2016 to 23 July 2016
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Film Still from 'The Hopeless End of a Great Dream' (2016) © Declan Clarke
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Artists in this exhibition: Declan Clarke, Andrew Rankin


THE HOPELESS END OF A GREAT DREAM
DECLAN CLARKE

26 May to 23 July 2016

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present The Hopeless End of a Great Dream, a major new film commission by Declan Clarke. This 16mm feature length film was co-commisioned by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris and Trinity Creative. 

Using Trinity College Dublin as a backdrop, the film takes a number of forgotten episodes in Irish history as its starting point. Clarke grounds these episodes in the political present, so that they function as commentaries on the causes, effects, and ongoing ramifications of the current political climate. Visually and thematically referencing the tropes of post war European cinema, Clarke blurs real and fictional stories to create a complex palimpsest of narrative development, compelling characters and mysterious events.

Artist Biography

Declan Clarke (b.1974) studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Chelsea College of Arts, London. Recent solo exhibitions include: Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles; Farbvision, Berlin, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, all forthcoming in 2016; The Hopeless End of Great Dream, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, ongoing; Geist Trilogie, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway, 2016; Wreckage in May, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, 2015; Group Portrait with Explosives, Mother's Tankstation, Dublin, 2014. In 2015, Clarke's film Group Portrait with Explosives won the Jury Prize at the 31st Biennale of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Exhibition Events


Friday 27 May, 2pm

Artist Talk

Saturday 28th May, 11th June, 2nd July, 2pm
Artist Screening Programme in partnership with Belfast
Film Festival
To accompany the exhibition of The Hopeless End of a Great Dream we will show a series of Clarke's previous film works in the Beanbag Cinema.

28 May: We Are Not Like Them, 45 minutes, 2013

11 June: The Most Cruel of All Goddesses, 60 minutes, 2015

2 July: Wreckage in May, 36 minutes, 2015 

Saturday 23 July, 11am - 4pm
Film Masterclass in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland

Declan Clarke will provide a one day masterclass for artists working with the moving image. For more information please contact ciara@belfastexposed.org

Saturday 23 July, 6.30pm
In Conversation + Screening at QFT
Declan Clarke will open up his cinematic influences at this special event at Queen's Film Theatre

Acknowledgements


This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council Ireland, Belfast City Council, Trinity Creative. Thanks to our exhibition partners Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris and Trinity Creative and to our events partners Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Film Festival and Queen's Film Theatre.

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CLOSE TO YOU
ANDREW RANKIN

26 May to 23 July 2016 

Andrew Rankin is interested in escapist fantasies and how they can be used to create a shortcut to our ideal self, often through the creation of an augmented, more preferable reality. In this new work Rankin examines our engagement with the media and its effect on our outlook on the world and our expectations of love and happiness. In Close to You, the artist visits the locations of key scenes from popular romantic comedy films based in London and presents these sites as projections of his own desire. 

Andrew Rankin is a 2010 graduate of the BA(Hons) Photography course at the University of Ulster Belfast. Since graduating Andrew has co-founded Belfast Photo Factory, a collective now in its fourth year of operation. He is also a founding partner of This is Work, A creative partnership working in the field of art direction.

To accompany this exhibition we have produced a limited edition A2 poster print available to buy at £40. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.

Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six early career artists a year in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers. 

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation,  Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.


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