MARTIN SEEDS

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG MEN

4th-21st NOVEMBER 2021

Seen Fifteen is delighted to announce a solo show of new works by Northern Irish artist, Martin Seeds. The exhibition, No Country For Young Men, also marks the beginning of a long-term curatorial project at the gallery, The Troubles Generation, which will unfold in chapters over the coming 12 months, generously supported by the Genesis Kickstart Fund.

Martin Seeds (born in Belfast) dedicates his artistic practice to an ongoing examination of Northern Irish identity, politics and place. He employs differing modes of experimentation with photographic process as a means of encouraging us to reconsider the image and look again. No Country For Young Men looks back, via appropriation, at a series of found portraits in a Belfast school yearbook from 1965. This was a time, a few years before the civil conflict known as “The Troubles” started, when political tensions in Northern Ireland were rising and trouble was brewing. Seeds’ act of appropriation places these 1960s school portraits into our current moment, and from our historical vantage point asks us to consider how individual lives in Northern Ireland were affected by the backdrop of a violent conflict that would last for 30 years.

“What will become of these boys, their youth and their fragile aspirations, as the shadow of history falls across their lives? It is not just the past that is hauntingly present in these humble portraits, but the looming, uncertain, tumultuous future”

Sean O’Hagan

No Country For Young Men is the first in a new series of exhibitions and events that will take place at Seen Fifteen as part of a wider project, The Troubles Generation. Looking ahead to a significant future moment in UK and Irish history with the 25th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement in 2023, the project seeks to examine the legacy of The Troubles from the viewpoint of artists born into its divided society and with lived experience of growing up during the conflict. Taking a phased approach to developing photographic projects and new writing, the ultimate ambition is to create a large-scale touring exhibition in 2023.

Martin Seeds, No Country For Young Men (2020)

LIGHT

CATRINE VAL & LIAO JIAMING

10-25 SEPTEMBER 2021

Seen Fifteen is delighted to host an exhibition of work curated by Monica Allende which invites a group of emerging artists to reflect on the current context of Hong Kong through the theme of light. The exhibition takes place across two venues, at Seen Fifteen and also at Safehouse 2, and is part of Peckham 24 festival of contemporary photography 10-12th September.

‘Light’ features artists Caleb Fung, Liao Jiaming, O’Young Moli, Julian, Tang Kwong San, Yuen Nga Chi, Wong Wei-him and Catrine Val. Each offers varied interpretations of the theme while exploring the possibilities of the media of photography, film, performance, and pinhole camera to bring attention to the city’s transforming social climate. A catalogue will be published by Morel to coincide with the exhibition, consisting of six individual saddle stitched books designed by Sarah Boris.

Catrine Val, Light Matters

BJP INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

IPA SINGLE IMAGE SHOW

30 APRIL - 22 MAY 2021

Seen Fifteen is delighted to host the inaugural IPA Singles Show as part of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards.

Running for 15 years, the BJP International Photography Award discovers the best in contemporary talent around the world and has launched the careers of some of today’s most sought-after photographers. Each year the award brings together a judging panel of industry leaders to celebrate and reward one outstanding body of work with a solo show at TJ Boulting. In 2020 the award was expanded to include an additional group show category – awarding 20 single image winners a show at Seen Fifteen.

Michael Barry, IPA Single Image Awards Winner 2020

PHOTO LONDON DIGITAL

DRAGANA JURISIC, ALEXANDER MOURANT, MARTIN SEEDS

ONLINE 7-18 OCTOBER 2020

The inaugural digital edition of Photo London is taking place online via the Artsy platform from 7th to 18th October 2020. Seen Fifteen is thrilled to participate, bringing the work of three exciting talents in contemporary photography together in our digital booth.

Dragana Jurisic, Mnemosyne's Daughters, Clio (2015)