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Colin Davidson's Troubles exhibition now bound for Paris


Renowned artist: Colin Davidson

Renowned artist: Colin Davidson

Renowned artist: Colin Davidson

Around 60,000 visitors have seen the highly acclaimed Silent Testimony exhibition by internationally renowned artist Colin Davidson.

The Ulster Museum exhibition, which opened in June, closed at the weekend and is now set for Paris.

Featuring large-scale portraits, the exhibition reflects on the personal experiences of 18 individuals, each of whom has suffered loss through the Troubles.

Colin Davidson is well known for his large scale portraits. Last month, his portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel graced the front cover of world-famous Time magazine and, last year, his portrait of Brad Pitt was unveiled in the USA.

Silent Testimony will open in Paris at the end of January at the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

Kim Mawhinney, head of Art, National Museums Northern Ireland, said: "Thousands of local and international visitors have come to the Ulster Museum to see this powerful exhibition and many have been able to identify with the pain and suffering portrayed in Silent Testimony.

"Many of our visitors have come numerous times to the exhibition, such is its depth and exceptional quality. With the tragic events in Paris in recent months, it seems entirely appropriate for this exhibition to go to a city which has been plunged into grief."

Co Down artist Mr Davidson said: "I am honoured to have been invited to exhibit Silent Testimony at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. It is my hope that the 18 portraits, and their stories of loss, will help shine light on the plight of victims and survivors of conflict worldwide."

For the Silent Testimony exhibition, Colin Davidson worked in partnership with cross-community victims' support group WAVE throughout the project.

Belfast Telegraph