Last week we opened Hans Klemmer’s photography exhibition The Village in our Exchange Gallery.
Klemmer has documented ‘The Village’ neighbourhood in south-west Belfast, a once thriving, historically significant area that is now in the process of being knocked down and rebuilt by the Housing Executive.
The images in the exhibition, chosen from a collection of several hundred photographs, are the result of more than two years of photographing the people and structures in The Village and are supplemented by images from the BX archive taken by Sean McKernan, Mervyn Smyth and the Windsor Women’s Centre.
Hans Klemmer is partnering with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, which has been working to defend traditional red brick terraced dwellings across the city and continues to promote them as a platform for job creation and heritage-led regeneration.
The opening was very well attended (especially since it competed with another seven exhibition openings in the city centre that night, including an Andy Warhol retrospective at the MAC!) and it was great to see the families whose homes were documented by Klemmer attend the opening.
The image below is of Bryan Stevenson in front of the image that Klemmer took of him outside his home in The Village.
Hans Klemmer is an American photographer from the Chicago area with a particular interest in documenting historic architecture who has been working as an image-maker and photography lecturer for nearly 30 years. He completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ulster in 2012.