Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition

Complete and Utter Happiness

Jacqueline Douglas - 29 June to 19 August 2017

Image © Jacqueline Douglas, 2017

Image © Jacqueline Douglas, 2017

Image © Jacqueline Douglas, 2017

Image © Jacqueline Douglas, 2017

Exhibition Preview Thursday 29 June 7-9pm

Since the creation of photography, there has been little that has not been captured by the lens of a camera. In the present day, we have round-the-clock access to vast visual archives online, rendering the photograph as a common and intrinsic part of our daily lives.

Our society now seemingly depends on the photographic medium to track what has taken place, both in personal and public memory. In our constant referral to images, we risk overlooking the fact that memory and photographs and the meanings that we attach to them are not fixed. 

Complete and Utter Happiness explores the malleable nature of photography and memory, whilst challenging perceptions of identity. Through the use of pre-existing images, the work creates a conversation both between the importance of documentation and interpretation, alongside photography as an object and photography as an image. 

Artist Bio:

Jacqueline Douglas graduated from the MFA Fine Art programme at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University in 2016 following completing a BAHons Degree in Photography in 2013. Her previous work, that focused on the family album and its impact on visual memory, has been exhibited throughout the UK at Cream: A Graduate Selection, the Belfast Photo Fringe, and the Belfast Photo Factory Annual Exhibition. Her practice centres on the gap between public and private life, often embarking upon a conversation with the audience around photography as an object and as an image, and around how private photography is presented in the public realm. Douglas maintains a conscious level of ambiguity in her work, providing the opportunity for open-ended interpretation and unique experiences for each viewer. 

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 early career artists through a series of solo exhibitions, international opportunities, mentorship, residencies and professional development workshops. Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Directory.