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Belfast Photo Festival to explore sexuality and gender

Belfast Photo Festival 2017 has been launched and will explore sexuality and gender in a month long programme of events.

The visual arts festival will run from June, 1-30 with exhibitions, talks, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, reviews and tours across 25 venues in the city.

Organisers said this year's event will explore the pivotal role photography has in "shaping opinion and the understanding of identity and selfhood".

As well as galleries in Belfast, major outdoor public spaces will also be used to showcase a range of work.

Commenting on the 2017 programme of events, Festival Director, Michael Weir, said: “Few media can capture the nuances and interplay of outward experiences and internal narratives like photography.

"This year, the festival has taken as its inspiration the visual politics of sexuality and the ways in which the camera can be used to construct and deconstruct gender binaries.”

 “We are delighted to be able to welcome such esteemed artists to Belfast for this year’s festival and to present significant collaborations with international publications.”

Highlights of this year’s festival include the Ulster Museum exhibition, Fashion - A Matter of Attitude, a talk by Mike Trow, current Picture Editor at Vogue; Juno Calypso’s photographic mission, The Honeymoon Suite; and the return of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition.

“One of the key focuses of Belfast Photo Festival is to provide young and veteran visual artists with a platform for development and collaboration," said Michael.

"Each year, our open submission attracts entries from artists worldwide; entries which are then judged by respected figures in the photography industry including representatives from MoMa (Museum of Modern Art), New York Times, and the British Journal of Photography."

He added: “Belfast is an immensely creative city, one that is expanding beyond its boundaries and seen as a global cultural hub.

"What Belfast Photo Festival builds on with each edition is its links with key players in the visual arts. It is a forum for industry professionals and emerging artists to network, develop, exchange – culturally and artistically – and promote the visual arts."

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