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This event is currently cancelled.

Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) this event has been cancelled. Belfast Exposed Gallery is temporarily closed but has many features available on their website at  belfastexposed.org/digital

The Rohingya people are a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic group who predominantly follow Islam and reside in Rakhine State in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The Rohingyas’ face a gruelling ordeal as they risk everything to escape a military offensive which the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

After their traumatic journey they arrive at already overcrowded camps in Bangladesh filled with makeshift shelters. Exhausted, starving, wet and caked in mud, these refugees scramble in crushing crowds for aid while security officers endeavour to keep order. Many are suffering from malnutrition, sickness or injuries, and with limited access to food, water and medical help, many of the weak and vulnerable die.

Cathal McNaughton stated “Documenting this crisis is a harrowing process. The thing you can't appreciate in the photographs are the noises when thousands and thousands of people are fighting for their lives. You see humanity at its most basic in front of you. Children fighting adults for food, adults stealing food and aid from children, it's very hard to take in. To see these people being beaten back from basic necessities - even though if the guards hadn't done so there would be mass casualties - it's a very surreal environment and not something you can be prepared for."

Cathal McNaughton will be delivering a Masterclass Workshop on Saturday 28 March, the final day of his exhibition. The masterclass is a unique workshop combining real world assignments alongside professional instruction in technical and conceptual issues that enable participants to sharpen their critical thinking, research and technical skills.

For more information, please visit belfastexposed.org

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm

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