SHAPING OUR IDENTITY: A WORK IN PROGRESS
Community Partner: Cooperation Ireland - facilitated by Mervyn Smyth and Lewis Rankin - 29 January to 12 February 2014
Shaping Our Identity was an 8 week programme which explored the role of history in shaping who we are. Led by Co-operation Ireland, this project sought to examine the complex issue of Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist history and identity through a photographic lens. A programme of historical talks and photographic workshops encouraged conversation about the past, the present and the future. The project was an opportunity for participants to engage in an analysis of their own histories and the history of the place they are from, taking pride in who they are, while being mindful that identity is always a work in progress. It was facilitated by Belfast Exposed Community Photography Coordinator Mervyn Smyth who was supported by BX Community Volunteer Lewis Rankin.
Co-operation Ireland is the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland. Since it was established in 1979, Co-operation Ireland has created opportunities for groups from the two main religious communities in Northern Ireland and from both sides of the border to come together so they can learn about each other's traditions and cultural backgrounds in order to help build a society which is based on tolerance and acceptance of cultural difference.
The project cumulated in an exhibition entitled ‘Shaping Our Identity: a Work in Progress’ in The Belfast Exposed Exchange Gallery from the 7 to 16 November.
The exhibition reopened to the public on Wednesday 29 January at the Skanios Centre and remained open until Wednesday 12 February.