Photographs of the Belfast Peacelines by Frankie Quinn
The Gallery|Burren College of Art
Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
March 3 – March 25, 2016
Opening Reception, Thursday, March 3, 6.00 – 8.00 PM
Burren College of Art is pleased to present Towards 2023: Photographs of the Belfast Peacelines by Frankie Quinn. In 1994, Belfast photographer Frankie Quinn published Interface Images, his first book of 'peaceline' photography studies during the year of the first ceasefires in Northern Ireland. By 2008 Frankie published his second book Streets Apart, furthering his study of the interface areas that surround him and introducing a panoramic capture of the walls themselves. Today Frankie continues with an additional series Towards 2023, in response to the commitment made by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness to remove the walls by 2023.
“The images that Frankie Quinn has gathered of the peacelines since early 2002 offer a compelling portrait of continued division. The panoramic medium is ideally suited to the content - extended lengths of unique urban architecture - especially where the steel fences scythe between swathes of abandoned or demolished land and lowering skies. Blocked doors and gateways show where embattlement has closed off any point of contact. Desolate housing and vandalism are leitmotifs of a lack of emotional as well as economic investment. Quinn’s peaceline photography is a vital reminder that there will be no real peace until these barriers, and the sectarian principles underpinning them, can be dismantled”.
Gabbi Murphy, From the Introduction to Streets Apart
Frankie Quinn (B.1966) was born into the Short Strand/Ballymacarrett community, where he still lives. He began taking photographs in 1982, documenting conflict in Ireland and further afield, in places such as Palestine/Israel, Turkey/Kurdistan and Bosnia. As well as his native Belfast, he has exhibited in Australia, United States, France, Italy, Norway and Britain. He has remained a freelance photographer since, servicing newspapers, magazines, books, and publications. As well as becoming founder/director of the Red Barn Gallery, a volunteer run, not for profit photography gallery and archive in central Belfast since 2007. www.frankiequinn.com