The 8th Letter of the Alphabet

The 8th Letter of the Alphabet deals with the relationship between two ethnic groups whose coexistence has been characterized by constant challenges and tension for decades, due to perceived or real injustices and grievances. One side is to complain that in his homeland he has to live outside the borders of his own country and fight to preserve his own identity. At the same time, the other community rightly clings to the area they have lived in for centuries and generations.

Land, territory, and colours are crucial in the construction of identity in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish people are distinctly aware of the territories that surround them and the markers and symbols that define those boundaries. What happens when all these very definitive symbols are placed into a space where their color becomes uncertain? Although the armed conflict officially ended with the Good Friday Agreement and many points in the peace process have been realized, there are still intergenerational tensions and mistrust between the two divided communities.

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The 8th Letter of the Alphabet is a complex installation made up of three parts:

  • A color-changing light structure

  • A wooden structure supporting the images

  • 3-channel video work

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Anthropology, Belfast Exposed Gallery

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