Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition
Fergus Jordan - 17 October to 4 November 2013
Garden Estate is a new series of work examining the legacy of the north of Ireland’s first heroin epidemic, which devastated a 1970’s council estate on the edge of Ballymena called Dunclug.
The work reflects on the impact of more than a decade of social dysfunction, in which authorities failed to control the influx of hard drugs to the street. In Jordan’s work we encounter Dunclug’s labyrinth of footpaths and rat runs, dead ends and cul-de-sacs. By opening our eyes to the dark corners of this neighbourhood and its residual landscapes, this series reveals the tensions and social complexities of a broken community on the periphery.
The exhibition opens in the Belfast Exposed Exchange Gallery on 17th October coinciding with the publication launch with contributing texts by Fergus Jordan and Mirjami Schuppert. Garden Estate is available to buy at Belfast Exposed bookshop.
Artist Biography Fergus Jordan (b.1982) is a Belfast based artist who has recently completed a doctoral research study in Photography. He was recently awarded the Artists Career Enhancement award by the Arts Council NI, enabling him to work with Belfast Exposed on a new body of research during 2013. His work with photography and video investigates the conflict between darkness, night and artificial light, city in photography, the invisible, and the study of post-conflict societies. Fergus is currently a member of the Belfast Exposed Engagement Team, set as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Our Museum’ project.
This project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through The Artists Career Enhancement Programme and has been developed in partnership with Belfast Exposed.
18 October | 1pm | Artist Talk with Fergus Jordan
30 October | 1pm | Urban Exploration: Andrew Molloy and Fergus Jordan
A discussion with architect and University of Ulster doctoral student Andrew Molloy responding to urban exploration and Psychogeography, examining some of the research methods underpinning Jordan’s Garden Estate and within his own practice.
7 November | 6pm (Late Night Art) | The Velvet Cell Photobook: Alex McCooke and Fergus Jordan
Graphic designer Alex McCooke and artist Fergus Jordan will open up their collaborative production process for Garden Estate, the latest edition from The Velvet Cell. They will also discuss some of the practical aspects of photographic book publishing for the emerging artist.
Exhibition Opening and Book Launch Thursday 17 October 6pm -8pm