Belfast Exposed presents the second instalment of provocative punk photography magazine ‘Rotten Magazine Volume Two – I’ve Always Liked Slime’ – created by Joel Seawright and Lucy Jackson.
This exhibition brings together a selection of photographs and spreads from the publication, featuring work from Gareth McConnell’s ’Sex Drugs & Magick, Zara Carpenter’s ‘Bed’, and a previously unpublished series of work by Ciarán Óg Arnold.
Exploring the collectively experienced distortion of time during lockdown and its decaying effects on mental health, the images are manipulated to become more visually dissonant, and text becomes almost illegible. The themes of each series – love, sex, drugs, mental health – are woven together and re-contextualised through emails, comments sections, internet forums, and text messages. In this way, the magazine becomes a series in its own right, revealing a collective narrative through individual stories.
“This exhibition and launch will appeal to post punk fans. The work draws you from the visual energy of the imagery and through a distortion of text, highlights a discrepancy between our physical experiences and the digital ways we relive them. This exhibition will excite but is not for the fainthearted.” – Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed.
Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s premier contemporary photography organisation, commissioning, publishing and showing work by artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world. We believe photography is for everyone, it is accessible, meaningful and has the ability to tell stories, allowing us to create dialogue that reflects upon our history, informs our present and inspires a positive future.
Born in Wales and raised in Belfast, Joel Seawright, founder of Rotten Magazine, moved to London in 2017 where he met Lucy Jackson, a figurative painter from Kent. The two bonded over their love of art and joined creative forces to build Rotten into a deep and personal magazine that recontextualizes contemporary art in the internet age.
Dates: 9th September – 25th September
Launch: 9th September 6pm – 8pm
‘I’ve Always Liked Slime’ is generously sponsored by Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.