A Shout In The Street: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art
Curated by Declan McGonagle; featuring artists: John Byrne, Philip Napier, Locky Morris, Alistair McLennan, Victor Sloan, Sandra Johnston, Factotum, Aisling O Beirn, John Duncan, John Carson, Gareth Humphreys, Cain Archive, Mark Ervine, Danny Devenny, Daniel O Neil, Colin Middleton
As a phrase ‘A Shout in the Street’ has a particular resonance to the residents of Belfast. A shout in the street could be a warning, a bomb threat, a newspaper seller or a greeting: positive or negative, a way of life here.
Declan McGonagle, curator of the fifth in the Collective Histories series, describes the exhibition as questioning “the anxious space between art and non-art, between the gallery and the street.” The exhibition questions our preconceptions of what should be shown in a gallery and what resolutely belongs to the street by juxtaposing elements of the two, showing side-by-side murals, painting, video, sculpture and a bonfire stack. ‘Which belongs where?’ McGonagle asks us. ‘Why does it make you anxious to see the two together?’
“Another Way of Looking” is the subtitle to the book written by McGonagle to accompany the exhibition. Artists from Aisling O’Beirn and Philip Napier to Colin Middleton and Daniel O’Neill are presented for audiences to see, but the journey round the gallery, through images from the gallery to sites from the street, questions how we personally see, how we categorise, how we choose to interpret the shout in the street.