Opening event: Thursday 2nd September, 6pm – 8.40pm.
A ghost can take many forms or equally no form at all. A haunting – those fleeting moments between presence and absence – suggesting that these ghostly (pre)occupations leave a trace, an altered state through which a periphery, a layered temporality emerges slowly. To trace a haunting is to mark the demarcated and to give that absence a form. A spectre invoking personal and social memory through sensation, emotion and thought. A response to the loss that we might feel while we are alone and sometimes together.
‘A Haunting of What Once Was’ is a collective response to the idea of ghosts as abstract configurations of the self and the spaces we inhabit. The works by five Glasgow-based artists (Lois Hopwood, Julia Carolin Kothe, Kyle McGhee, Niamh Moloney & Kate Theodore) are infused with a narrative that travels through space and time combining sculpture, video, installation, drawing and sound.
Each work is at once amorphous and structured, while always having the possibility of being reconfigured again and again into other forms. This show is a manifestation of the collective conversations and the individual research of the artists that exist in parallel, each influencing the other. Tactility and tenderness are strategies inherent in each artists’ work, each reflecting a considered aesthetic approach in representing the immaterial by material forms.
Venue: QSS Studios & Gallery, 2nd Floor, The Arches Centre, 11-13 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AA
Dates: 2 – 30 September 2021
General opening hours (no booking required): Tuesday-Thursday, 10.30am – 5pm