Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition
Aisling McCoy - 28 April to 27 May 2017
Exhibition Preview 27 April, 7-9pm
Belfast Exposed are delighted to present the next artist in the Belfast Exposed Futures programme, Aisling McCoy. THF is a new project exploring the former Templehof airport in Berlin.
The Nazi Air Ministry commissioned the building in 1936, envisioned by the regime as the ‘Gateway to Europe’. Following WWII, the airport came under US Military control, used to airlift supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet Blockade. The Templehof later functioned as a commercial airport, finally closing in 2008. Subsequent to its closure, the site was protected as a National Monument, and the airfield gifted to the people of Berlin as a public park, the Tempelhofer Feld. Since September 2015 one of the hangars at the terminal has been used as an emergency refugee shelter, currently housing approximately 800 asylum seekers as they wait to be granted refugee status.
THF reflects on the situation of refugees within the historical and architectural context, whilst using photography to explore the cycle of reinterpretation of an architectural site across a distinct range of political and ideological agendas. The work, which forms the first chapter of a longer-term project, further develops McCoy’s focus on the relationship between architecture and photography in how we construct meaning, and the overlap between image making and place making.
Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in the 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.