Archiving Place & Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement

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LONDON.- Through photographs, installations and drawings, Archiving Place & Time reveals how a new generation of contemporary artists from Northern Ireland have responded to the changed situation since the signing of the historic Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. The Agreement brought to an end some thirty years of bitter conflict, where it has developed significant socio-political and economic changes in Northern Ireland, not just for people’s everyday lives but their awareness of the past and their hopes for the future. The exhibition embodies subtle responses to history, memory and archival material, examining the central themes and shifts in territory and place, urban regeneration and mapping in a post-industrial city, and the reconstruction and redefinition of traditional and post-conflict identity. Over the last ten years, there has been a noticeable shift towards new forms of contemporary art practice and expression in Northern Ireland.