Craigavon New Town: 50 Years of Modernity
Curated by PLACE
This exhibition, featuring new and archival photography by Victor Sloan alongside selected historical materials documenting the founding of Craigavon, tells the often-strange story of the modernist city that rose out of the Northern Irish countryside.
The opposition of Sloan’s uneasy imagery of life in a new city with the idealist, utopian visual culture of 1960s town planning, tells the story of a place in which quotidian normality is layered on top of the absurdity of the project’s unrealised ambition.
Curated by PLACE with support from British Council
The exhibition is part of Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, a series of events celebrating modernist architecture in Northern Ireland as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens inspired by this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.
For more information on Absorbing Modernity events, visit www.belfastfestival.com
Image credit: Victor Sloan