Collin Davidson - Silent Testimony

Colin Davidson - Silent Testimony

23 June - 16 September 2018

Silent Testimony, an exhibition of portrait paintings by Colin Davidson, revealed the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles.

Silent Testimony was brought to Nerve Visual through a partnership between the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI and WAVE Trauma Centre. Since Silent Testimony was shown at the Ulster Museum in 2015, it has toured to the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris in 2016 and Dublin Castle in 2017.

Silent Testimony is a powerful response which reflects on how the conflict has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on thousands of individuals – the injured, their families, the families of those who died and the wider community.

The exhibition was supported by a public programme that included a talk by Colin Davidson and screenings of Hear My Voice, the cinematic companion piece to Silent Testimony.

Hear My Voice, a short film from Brendan J Byrne (Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Maze) combines Davidson’s portraits with the spoken words of victims and survivors.

This showing of Silent Testimony at the Nerve Visual Gallery was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).