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New exhibition set to show how `collage encourages us to look at images from a new perspective'

Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at Ulster Museum, pictured with artwork from Collage: A Political Act
Marie Louise McConville

A NEW exhibition at the Ulster Museum is set to show visitors how "collage encourages us to look at images from a new perspective".

The Collage: A Political Act exhibition features recent acquisitions by international artists such as Troy Michie, along with works by Belfast-based Joy Gerrard and 2021 Turner prize winners Array Collective.

With artworks spanning 100 years, the exhibition plays with the idea that collage encourages people to look at images from a new perspective by deconstructing them.

Ms Gerrard, who is known for work that interrogates relationships between crowds, architecture and urban landscapes, said it was a "pleasure to exhibit as part of Collage: A Political Act".

"I have used scale and a monochrome palette to re-make media images of Black Lives Matter Protests in the USA from late 2016," she said.

"Though not a collage in the traditional sense, being included in this exhibition challenges the idea of what collages can be.

"In this work the crowd is viewed from above, suggesting the use of a drone or media surveillance, while the fluidity and drama of the moment is expressed through precise, expressive mark-making".

Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at Ulster Museum, said: "We strive to make our collections accessible to everyone and we seek to help people understand multiple perspectives of history, culture and identity.

"We hope that the exhibition will help us to reach new and varied audiences," she said.

Further information is available at www.nmni.com

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