Paul Seawright (born 1965) is a Northern Irish artist. He lives in his birthplace of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is professor of photography and head of Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster in Belfast. [1 ]
Life and work [ edit ]
Seawright gained an art foundation at
Ulster University, Belfast; a BA (Hons) in Photography, Film and Video from West Surrey College of Art and Design, where his tutors included Paul Graham and Martin Parr; and a PhD from the University of Wales.
He is best known for his early work from his home city of Belfast, particularly the series
Sectarian Murder, 1988. In this series, he photographed the sites of sectarian murders around Belfast, and paired the images with newspaper reports from the period. By removing reference to the victim's religion, he depoliticised the violence, focusing on the extensive civilian losses in the Northern Irish " [2 ] troubles" (more than two thirds of deaths between 1969 and the ceasefires of 1994 were civilian). He was also the first editor of the Belfast-based photography magazine . Source
More recently, he has made photographs in post-war
Afghanistan, urban [3 ] Africa ( Invisible Cities) and America. [n 1 ] In 2002, he travelled to Afghanistan, having been commissioned by the [4 ] Imperial War Museum, London, to respond to the September 11 attacks and the subsequent war against the Taliban. His photographs of minefields and battle sites have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous public collections.
Seawright is professor of photography at the University of Ulster, and was formerly Dean of
Newport School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Wales, Newport, United Kingdom. He is a Council member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland [5 ] and Vice President of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts. [6 ] [7 ] [8 ]
In 2005, the
Fotomuseum Antwerp exhibited a major survey exhibition of his work with accompanying catalogue Field Notes. [n 2 ]
Publications [ edit ]
Publications by Seawright [ edit ]
Death: Selected by Dawn Ades et al. ISBN 0907074332. Cambridge Darkroom Gallery / Kettles Yard Gallery, 1988.
Valokuvataide Arkitaide. Helsinki, 1989.
Shocks to the System. Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1993.
The Orange Order. Belfast: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1993.
Nervous Landscapes. Southeast Museum of Photography, FL, 1994.
Inside Information. London: The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1995.
L'Imaginaire Irlandais. Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1996.
Residential. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 1997.
Constructing Identity. (The Missing), Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam, 1997.
Paul Seawright. Salamanca, Spain: Salamanca University, 2000.
The Map. Catalogue of public art project, SDCC. Edition of 22000 copies.
The Forest. Gotenberg, Sweden: Hasselblad Centre; London: Shoreditch Bienale, 2001.
Hidden. London: Imperial War Museum / Bangor Museum of Modern Art, 2003.
Maintenant: Now. Vincent Levois, Le Mois de la Photo, 2003.
Gestes, Le Printemps de Septembre Toulouse. Actes Sud, 2003.
Landscape of War. Centre d'Art la Panera, Spain, 2004.
Field Notes. Antwerp: Fotomuseum Antwerp, 2005.
Invisible Cities. Cardiff: Ffotogallery, 2007. ISBN 978-1872771694. Edited by Christopher Coppock, essay by John Reader and an interview with the artist by Russell Roberts. Edition of 1000 copies.
Volunteer. Artist Photo Books, 2013. ISBN 978-0992748517.
Publications with contributions by Seawright [ edit ]
Documentary Dilemmas. The British Council, London, 1993.
The Gap Show - Critical Art from Great Britain. Dortmund, Germany: Museum Ostwall.
Irish Art Now, From the Poetic to the Political. Merrell Holberton Publishers, 1999.
Tokyo Photo Bienniale Catalogue. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1999.
British Art Show 5. Catalogu. National Touring Exhibitions ( Hayward Gallery), 2000. ISBN 978-1853322044.
Further: Artists from Wales at the Venice Bienniale.. Merrell, 2003.
Re-Imagining Ireland: Irish Art Today. University of Virginia Art Museum, J Hartz.
So Now Then. Cardiff: Ffotogalery/HPF, 2006. Edited by Seawright and C. Coppock.
Collections [ edit ]
The Art Institute of Chicago.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Tate, London. [9 ] Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig.
Government Art Collection, London.
Contemporary Art society, London
The Imperial War Museum, London
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
University of Cork/Glucksman
Simmons and Simmons, London
ACC Bank, Dublin
AIB Collection Dublin
Deutsche Bank Frankfurt
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Vereins-und Westbank, Hamburg
Collection Agnes b, Paris
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
The International Center of Photography, New York
The Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council of Great Britain
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The British Council
Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Royal Hospitals, Belfast
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Buhl Collection, New York
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Notable exhibitions [ edit ]
Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, Mikkeli, Finland, 1989
Gallery Vapauden Aukion, Helsinki, Finland, 1989
Shocks to the System, Arts Council of Great Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1991 Paul Seawright, The Orange Order,
The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1991 The Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 1992
Through the Lens, Arts Council of Northern Ireland touring exhibition (USA)1992/3
Recent Acquisitions, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 1992
History of the Photographic Image, Rencontres Intls de la Photographie, Arles,1992
Impressions Gallery, York, 1992 The International Center of Photography, New York, 1992
The Old Museum, Belfast, 1993
Arts Council Gallery, Belfast,1993
Documentary Dilemmas, British Council touring Europe, South America, India, Ireland, 1993/4 The United Nations General Assembly Building, New York, 1993
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1993
Paul seawright, Sectarian Murder,
Cornerhouse, Manchester, 1994 Paul Seawright, Inside InformationGallery of Photography, Dublin, 1995
Paul Seawright, Inside Information, The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1995
Houston Fotofest, 1996
Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 1996
Ceasefire, Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery 1995
L'Imaginaire Irlandais, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1996
Inside Out, Galerie du Jour/Agnes B. Paris - 3 Person with Richard Billingham and Tom Wood, 19996
Lie of the Land touring exhibition - Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Centre Nationale de la Photographie, Paris, Copenhagen, Salamanca, Athens. Françoise Knabe Gallery, Frankfurt,1997
Le Lieu, l'Orient, France, 1997
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1997
Photos Leurres, French Institute, Prague (Nan Goldin, Lewis Baltz, Sophie Ristelheuber), 1998
Le Printemps, Cahor, France - Two Person Exhibition with
Sightings - New Photographic Art, ICA, London, 1998
Europe in Decay, 3 Person at Light Hall, Kuopio and Helsinki Cathedral, 1998
Troubled, Photography and Video from Northern Ireland, The Light Factory, and Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1998 Galerie du Jour/Agnes b, Paris, 1998
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, 1998
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1998
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, 1998
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 1998
Declinations of Boundaries, Two Person Show, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, 1999
Revealing Views; Images from Ireland, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1999
Under Exposed, Public Art Project, Stockholm.
Contemporary Art, Arts Council of Ireland Collection, Limerick City Art Gallery
Silent Presence, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-BadenGermany
Concern for the Document, Vox, Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Canada, 1999
Contemporary Art, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 1999
Fragments of Document & Memory, Tokyo Photo Bienalle, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1999
Surveying The Landscape, Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York, 1999
Engaging Tradition, Hotbath Gallery, Bath, 1999
0044, PS1, New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1999 Lautlose Gegenwart, Bielefelder Kunstverein, 2000
Foto Biennale, Netherlands Foto Institute, Rotterdam, 2000
Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, 2000/01 0044, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and Crawford, Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
British Art Show 5, (Travelling show) Venues include: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Southampton City Art Gallery ; Ffotogallery Cardiff, Ikon Birmingham, 2000 Auto Werke, Deichtorhallen - Hamburg. Group show with
Gillian Wearing, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sharon Lockhart and Thomas Struth, 2000 Centro de Fotografia, University of Salamanca, Spain, 2000
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, 2000
Photo.doc, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland, 2000
Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, 2000
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, 2000
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 2000
Grieder Von Puttkamer, Berlin, 2000
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2000
50 Years of Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2001
On the Margins, Barbara Kraków Gallery Boston, with Michael Ashkin and Jan Henle.
Depicting Absence/Implying Presence, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art California, including James Casebere, Sophie Calle, Candida Hofer, 2001 Werner Mantz Prize, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2001
A470 Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales and
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 2001
New Directions, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, with Candida Hofer, Vik Muniz and Shirin Neshat, 2001
Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political, Chicago Cultural Centre, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2001 Galerie du Jour, Agnes b Paris, 2001
Angles Gallery, LA International Bienalle, 2001
Hasselblad Centre, Kunst Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2001
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2001
Inside Open - Napoli, Italy, 2002
Foundation Marangoni, Florence Italy, 2002
The Gap Show - Critical Art from Great Britain Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund Germany
GewaltBilder - Gewalt in der Gegenwartskunst
Museum Bellerive, Zürich, 2002
The Unblinking Eye, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2002 Recherche: Galerie du Jour Agnes b, Paris, 2003
Re-Imagining Ireland: Irish Art Today, University of Virginia Art Museum, 2003 MKG, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2003
Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Gallery, 2003
Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, 2003 Chapter, Cardiff, 2003
Imperial War Museum, London, 2003
Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, 2003
L’Espace Vox, Mois de la Photo Montreal, 2003
Hidden, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2003 [10 ]
Further, Wales at The 50th Venice Bienalle, 2003 [11 ]
Further, National Museum of Wales, Cardifff, 2004
Further, Glynn Vivian Swansea, 2004
Hidden, Rena Bransten San Francisco, 2004 National Centre of Photography Thessiloniki Greece (Photosynkria), 2004
Hidden Sies-Hoke Düsseldorf, 2004
Centre de la Photographique Ile de France, Paris,2004
Four Now – Lewis Gluksman Gallery, University of Cork, Ireland, 2005
The Wonderful Fund Collection - Le Musee de Marrakech, Morocco, 2005
Motor City – Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, 2005
Blue Sky Portland -
Hidden, 2005 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Invisible Cities, 2005
Seoul Photo Triennale, The Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, 2005
Foto Museum Antwerp – Field Notes, 2005
Invisible Cities, Kerlin Gallery Dublin 2006
Naughton Gallery, Queens University Belfast 2006
Invisible Cities, Sies + Hoke Gallery, Dusselldorf, 2006
Invisible Cities, Ffotogallery, Cardiff 2007
Field Notes, National Media Museum, Bradford 2007 [13 ]
How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London 2007 [14 ]
Anxious Landscape, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2008
See also [ edit ]
^ Invisible Cities is here in Seawright's website
^ Field Notes is here in Seawright's website.
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External links [ edit ]