Success of ‘Picturing Derry’ Exhibition Leads to Artistic Gift to Derry~Londonderry

Success of ‘Picturing Derry’ Exhibition Leads to Artistic Gift to Derry~Londonderry

The Nerve Centre’s ‘Picturing Derry’ exhibition was one of the most popular photographic exhibitions ever to be held in Derry. Featuring iconic images of the Troubles from the late 1960s to the 1980s by both local and international press photographers, ‘Picturing Derry’ was the first major photographic exhibition to be staged at the City Factory during City of Culture 2013.

Legendary French photojournalist Gilles Caron’s previously unseen major body of work taken during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 formed a key part of the exhibition and his daughter Marjolaine, as well as representatives from the Gilles Caron Foundation, attended the launch.

As a result, the Caron Foundation has gifted 15 images from the collection of Gilles Caron to the city. These images of photographs taken during his time in Derry are going on display from October 28 at the Void Gallery, with support from Derry City Council.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: ‘Gilles Caron’s work has a particular resonance in this city and we are extremely excited at the prospect of exhibiting his work here again. I’m delighted that the success of Picturing Derry has led to this amazing gift, we hope this will lead to a lasting relationship with the Caron Foundation which will lead to further work together in the future.’

In addition, Nerve Centre is also presenting an exhibition by Wade Goddard of photographs taken during the siege of Mostar in 1992. Goddard arrived in the former Yugoslavia in April 1992 to try his hand at photojournalism, discovering his passion not only with the art but also with the region itself. Over the next ten or so years he covered the events in the former Yugoslavia as a freelance photographer for Reuters, New York Times and Newsweek.

At the same time, next door to the City Factory Gallery, will be Void’s latest exhibition ‘Civil Rights – We have it in our power to begin the world over again’ curated by Lynette Yiadom Boakye and Maolíosa Boyle. The exhibition looks at the Black Civil Rights movement through historical photographs, documents and contemporary art and explores how it impacted on Civil Rights in Derry and Northern Ireland.

Declan Sheehan, curator of the ‘Picturing Derry’ exhibition, said: ‘Through their work both Wade Goddard and Gilles Caron have brought to international attention the dangers and problems of divided societies throughout the world. The success of the Picturing Derry exhibition shows that there is an appetite among the people of this city to re-examine the recent past and perhaps see it with new eyes through the medium of photography.’

‘Decisive Moments: Gilles Caron in Derry’ by Gilles Caron, ‘Enclave’ by Wade Goddard, and ‘Civil Rights - We have it in our power to begin the world over again’ will all launch on Saturday October 25, 2014 from 7.30pm. The exhibitions run from October 28 until December 20 at Void Gallery and City Factory Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry~Londonderry.

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