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The Lost Moment

Date
Sep 27 2018 - Nov 04 2018
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Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin,
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Fifty years on from the Troubles, there's still much to learn from the Northern Irish civil rights movement of the preceding era.

Fifty years on from the Troubles, there's still much to learn from the Northern Irish civil rights movement of the preceding era.

Tumultuous and poignant, 1968 was a year of revolution around the globe. From Paris and London to Chicago and San Francisco, newspapers and TV stations captured wave after wave of demonstrations promoting new philosophies and alternative ways of living. The young, hip generation was tired of the old guard, ready to hit the streets and rally for a new reality.

In Northern Ireland, inspired by footage of non-violent civil disobedience in the American south, many took to the streets in protest of discrimination in housing and jobs, thus beginning a year of unrest capped by a wave of Unionist counter-demonstrations that was met by unchecked and brutal police tactics. With Northern Ireland suddenly thrust into the international spotlight, reporters and photographers began to arrive in droves to document what would ultimately go down in history as the spark that ignited the Troubles.

Now a powerful capsule of imagery that illuminates some of the nation's darkest times, images from the likes of Steve Schapiro (of the famous Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in 1965) and Magnum photographers David Hurn, Josef Koudelka and Ian Berry and many more have been compiled for this breathtaking group exhibition that casts an unflinching eye on the events that would come to define an era.

The Lost Moment: Civil Rights, Street Protest and Resistance in Northern Ireland,
1968-69 is curated by photography, art and culture writer Sean O’Hagan and also features projections, video installations, contemporary political posters and a wealth of ephemera from the time.

Admission Free