24 April to 29 May 2021
The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to present not only the earth we share, an exhibition of film and sculptural installation by Sol Archer, co-curated by Household Belfast. The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of a small neighbourhood in Belfast called Sailortown. Due to the current restrictions, we won’t be able to open to the public until 25th May.* In the meantime, on Saturday 24th April Household Belfast will launch a custom-designed website by NONGRAPHIC that will allow you to watch extracts of film from the exhibition and other documentation captured by Sol since 2018.
The films in not only the earth we share, which emerged from the artist-in-residence project, are informed by the social and creative practices of this community, and how storytelling, identity and community can result from, and act as agents of, neighbourhood resistance. In Sailortown, grassroots activism and regeneration take place alongside the expansion of the harbour estate and large scale, top-down urban planning and development. Therefore, not only the earth we share is an exhibition rooted in questions around rights to the city and by, for, and to whom the city acts; and explores the impact of decades of urban planning and development on people, place, and ways of life.
The films are exhibited alongside archival films sourced from the community, paintings by the local Arts and Crafts group, sculptural props that reference the architectural features of the original buildings in the former neighbourhood, and hanging fabric sculptural interventions that direct movement in the gallery and are reminiscent of domestic community spaces. During the run of not only the earth we share (until 29 May), you’ll also be able to see a walk-through of the exhibition and a public programme of specially commissioned interviews.
The production of daily life has been made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst and CBK Rotterdam. Sol Archer and Household would also like to thank the DAS Digital Art Studios Belfast, NI Screen, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and the people of Sailortown for their kind support and contributions.
*Indicative dates subject to change, pending government advice