In this suite of 12 photographs Seawright revisits the sites of sectarian attacks that took place during the 1970s close to where he grew up in Belfast.

The texts are from newspaper reports at the time and document the murders of innocent civilians killed for their perceived religion. The contrast between the often gruesome details of the fate of the victim and the banality of the locations depicted, such as a children’s playground or a well-known beauty spot, still has the power to shock. They also resonate far beyond their specific importance as a document of Northern Ireland’s Troubles as they bring home the peculiarly horrible and intimate nature of civil war that has been and continues to be replicated the world over.

Provenance

The artist.


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