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"Homebird' is an intimate portrayal of Belfast, opening a dialogue to recognise the common ground within individual narratives. This series gathers personal accounts, through portraiture and audio recordings, aiming to relinquish Belfast’s stereotypical representation. By delving into the deeply rooted connection between place and identity, I’m seeking to understand Belfast as home. This has led to a collection of intimate portraits and connections.
'Homebird' is based on my longing to engage with the city and build upon collaborations.
Since I moved to Belfast four years ago I’ve been confronted with its negative representation. But I found myself in a place where people no longer serve as tokens and symbols of the past. Through this work I’ve begun to understand Belfast as a place and as my home."

HEY! MY NAME IS...

MFA PHOTOGRAPHY

JOLANE SCHAFFNER