BOOK SIGNING EVENT.
Photographer Toby Binder (Germany) has been documenting the daily life of teenagers in British working-class communities for more than a decade. After the Brexit referendum he focused his work on Belfast.
There is a serious concern that Brexit will threaten the Peace
Agreement of 1998 that ended the armed conflict between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Nationalists who live in homogeneous neighborhoods that are divided by walls till today. Old
conflicts may recur, compromising the youth’s future prospects on both communities.
Nevertheless, being underage, most teenagers were not allowed to vote in the referendum. Problems they struggle with are similar – no matter which side of the “Peace Walls” they live on.
And whatever the effects of Brexit will be, it‘s very likely that they will strike especially young people from both communities.
The images of the project “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast" were photographed in six different Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods. Binder’s photo essay depicts the ubiquity of
unemployment, drug crime, and violence afflicting Belfast’s youth providing an intimate and immediate insight into the daily lives of a whole generation.
Youth of Belfast has been selected at the Open Submission and will be showed during the Belfast Photo Festival.
Light refreshments and nibbles on arrival. All welcome.