press release

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios is pleased to present Bonfires, an exhibition by Belfast-based photographer John Duncan. This exhibition presents a large body of work by Duncan, produced over three years, documenting the long-standing tradition of bonfire building by Protestant communities in Belfast. Duncan’s photographs capture bonfires waiting to be set alight, built in preparation for the annual 11th July celebrations commemorating the defeat of James Stuart at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Amongst the Protestant community in Belfast, bonfires serve as a powerful provocation; a way in which Protestant identity can be asserted and a sense of solidarity and continuity re-affirmed.

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John Duncan: Bonfires

John Duncan [UK]