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21 Feb 2013

Imagined Communities at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast


Alejandro Vidal, Only Enemies Speak the Truth, 2011. Courtesy of the artist, Berlin

Imagined Communities
Golden Thread Gallery
http://goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Info

Opening reception:
21 February, 18.00–20.00
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday: 10.30–17.30; Saturday: 10.30–16.00
Panel discussion with the curator and artists: 22 February, 13.00-15.00

Contact

info@gtgallery.co.uk
Deirdre McKenna
+44 (0) 28 9033 0920

Address

http://goldenthreadgallery.co.uk
Golden Thread Gallery
84-94 Great Patrick Street
Belfast, BT1 2LU
Northern Ireland

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'Imagined Communities'

Inbal Abergil, Jude Anogwih, Rachel Bacon, Khaled Barakeh, Colin Darke, Shilpa Gupta, Nada Prlja, Judite dos Santos, Alejandro Vidal, Cheng-Ta Yu, Kai-Oi Jay Yung, and Carla Zaccagnini


Curated by Miguel Amado



Golden Thread Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition 'Imagined Communities'. This show presents works by a diverse set of established and emerging artists from around the world. Artists in the exhibition are Inbal Abergil, Jude Anogwih, Rachel Bacon, Khaled Barakeh, Colin Darke, Shilpa Gupta, Nada Prlja, Judite dos Santos, Alejandro Vidal, Cheng-Ta Yu, Kai-Oi Jay Yung, and Carla Zaccagnini. The show is curated by Miguel Amado and draws on his ongoing research into zones of conflict across the globe in general and into the imagination of Northern Ireland in particular.

'Imagined Communities' examines nationalism from an ideological perspective as well as from the mythological narratives that build national identity. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the 1983 book of the same title by the sociologist Benedict Anderson. Anderson advocates that a nation is a socially constructed community, imagined by the individuals who perceive themselves as part of a given society, and that this process takes place within the context of modernity. This thesis is explored through references to the symbols that shape the identification of a group with a common territory and history.

'Imagined Communities' includes works that address the typical elements, from flags to anthems, through which a nationalist feeling is formed in the collective unconscious. There are also works that look at monuments as a means to convey emotions and memories attached to systems of values, beliefs, and attitudes shared by a people. Allusions to military apparatuses, maps and separation barriers – such as walls – appear in works that suggest that uneven geographies play a key role in the development of nationalist enterprises. Migration movements are present in works that speak to the ambition for borderless countries characterizing the current age of globalization.


Golden Thread Gallery's exhibitions and public programs are supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the Belfast City Council. Additional funding for this exhibition is provided by the International Culture Arts Network, the Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry, and Artis and the Embassy of Israel.