This exhibition of photographs taken in Belfast in 2008-10 is designed to provide a snapshot of developing themes within Loyalist and Republican murals, whilst also chronicling the dramatic shifts of the peace process. During the period of my research, many militaristic murals were removed. Replacing the images of balaclavas, AK47s and rocket-launchers are murals that campaign for housing reform, civil rights, and mutual respect between Unionists and Nationalists. The old divisions remain. Republicans still use murals to campaign for a united Ireland and an end to sectarianism. Loyalists still assert their loyalty to Ulster, Britain and the Crown. Images from ‘the Troubles’ endure - there are still militaristic figures on walls, and both sides commemorate their dead in murals. But on the new walls of Belfast are also murals that call for equal rights for Belfast’s Roma community and murals that focus on the rights of children.
Art and Design Academy Duckinfield Street Off Brownlow Hill Liverpool, L3 5YD Friday 3 December 2010 until Fri 7 January 2011.
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