Post(?)-Conflict: Images from Northern Ireland, 2012-2016

1-16 July 2016, The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool

The description of Northern Ireland as a ‘post-conflict’ society has to be treated with scepticism. For while there is no sustained, high-level campaign of armed conflict of the sort witnessed between 1969-1996, the place remains riven by fundamental forms of division and antagonism – sectarian, social, historical, political and psychic. The photographs displayed in this exhibition, taken between 2012-2016, focus on the ways in which the representation of symbolic, cultural and physical conflict plays a role in everyday life.

2nd class citizens

The photographs in the exhibition are part of a collection of more than 20,000 images, mostly of murals, dating from 1979. Approximately 4,500 photographs are available in a fully searchable and downloadable historical archive hosted by the Claremont Colleges Digital Library:

Tony Crowley was born and brought up in Liverpool. He is Professor of English at the University of Leeds ( and has taught in a number of universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.