Colin Davidson - Silent Testimony
At Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington. Open 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12-6pm Sundays.
Silent Testimony, an exhibition of portrait paintings by Colin Davidson (born Belfast 1968), reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles – a turbulent 30-year period in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s onwards.
Since 2010, Colin Davidson has become internationally renowned for his series of large-scale portraits of actors, musicians, poets and public figures. While painting these familiar faces he became increasingly preoccupied, not with their celebrity, but more with their status as human beings. This continuing exploration of ‘common humanity’ is the foundation on which Silent Testimony rests.
Until this exhibition, the artist, who grew up in Belfast and studied art at the University of Ulster, had not responded overtly to what he witnessed or personally experienced during the Troubles.
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.
Accompanied by artist talk, gallery tours and screening of Hear My Voice, a film inspired by Silent Testimony, directed by Brendan J Byrne. Details TBC.
In partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland.