Images from The Troubles
KAMERA ∞, Gallery
March 22nd until April 14th 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 22nd, 5.00 pm
Our Address: 5 Rowe Street Lr., Wexford
Eircode: Y35 RDX9
KAMERA ∞ is very pleased to invite you to the opening of our new exhibition featuring the acclaimed Irish artist, Seán Hillen.
The exhibition will be opened by Ruairí Ó Cuív, Public Arts Manager – Dublin City Council.
The Irish Times
With less than 4% majority of the British population voting in favour of BREXIT , votes were ~48% to remain ~52% to leave, the UK government is now trying to solve the conundrum of BREXIT, Good Friday Agreement, hard borders, Custom Union with the EU, open borders between Ireland and Northern Ireland and many more. And it seems everybody has forgotten the ‘Troubles’, the day-to-day fights and riots, the heavy policing and the victims on all sides. When a lecturer for history in UCD recently asked his students about the ‘Troubles’, many had no idea what he was talking about. While it is great that students today do not have to live with those daily threats, it is bothering that memory and history have such a short lifespan.
Seán was in the middle of the troubles then and with his camera right in the focal points of military and para-military activities he managed to document the daily horrors with a keen eye and a steady hand. His black and white images conjure up again what was than ‘normality’ and show the absurdities of military and civilians only meters apart, following their daily routines: coexistence of war and ‘peace’, all on one shot, one print, one reality.
We think it is important to show what was documented than, also to highlight what political stupidity can lead to today. Seán’s documents are timely and should trigger politicians and all of us to consider the implications of decisions taken hastily without really thinking through the consequences.