Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition

Shaping Our Identity: A Work in Progress

7 November to 16 November 2013

Participant Workshop Image 'Shaping Our Identity' 2013

Participant Workshop Image 'Shaping Our Identity' 2013

This exhibition is the outcome of an eight week programme, Shaping Our Identity, which explores the role of history in shaping who we are. Led by Co-operation Ireland, this project has 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.

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.

For more information about the project or the exhibition, please contact Jonathan at .

An opening event will be held from 7:00 pm on Thursday, 7th November, where there will be a chance to meet the project participants and discuss their work.
This project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Exhibition Talk

Tuesday, 12th November
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Photographing Conflicted Histories: Exploring history through photography during the 'Decade of Centenaries'
Jonathan Evershed and Lewis Rankin

The project co-ordinator and exhibition curator will discuss some of the ideas behind the project, examine how the past continues to haunt the present and the potential role that photography can play in examining issues of history and identity.