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Northern Ireland Troubles featured at Tate exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography

By Joanne Sweeney

These haunting images attempt to make us look back at the Troubles with a new perspective.

They form part of a photographic exhibition at the Tate in London called Conflict, Time, Photography and sit alongside images taken from different time vantage points during some of the world's more traumatic moments.

Part of an installation by artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, the work called People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground, reveals what was underneath the archive stickers of thousands of photographs of the Troubles from the late 1960s to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Produced in 2011, the artists wanted to take a different perspective in looking back on this period and used a idiosyncratic way of doing so. Their installation reprinted fragmentary details covered by the stickers normally concealed in the archival process.

The original images were from Belfast Exposed, a body of work collated in 1983 which attempted to show life in the city from the inside. Conflict, Time, Photography contains works by artists and photographers from the mid 19 century to the present day.

Each has looked backwards from different vantage points on moments of conflict to consider the ongoing effects on the people and places that survive in the shadows of these traumatic events, such as the bombing of Dresden and the atom bomb attack on Hiroshima, both in 1945.

Also featured are key events of the Afghanistan war as well as the final days of the rule of General Gaddifi in Libya in 2011.

Some of the images were taken seconds or years later. The exhibition shows key themes of landscape, ruination, reconstruction, survival, and the human cost of conflict ,and runs to March, 2015.

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