Liminal spaces are places that you move through on your way somewhere else. As train stations are less a destinations and more a venues that allow the traveler to transition on to the next stage of their journey. So these photographs of Presbyterian church buildings throughout Northern Ireland take time to look at the buildings that ask not to be looked at. Buildings that exist to be moved through on a spiritual journey, buildings that strain to not distract and as a result are almost painfully functional.
In some way these spaces reflect the people who inhabit them, spaces that refuse to be pinned down. The protestant people of Northern Ireland are both British and Irish yet not wholly either. Like the spaces in these photographs they are caught between two identites and appear less confident of where they are, but very sure of where they came from.
Hans-Georg Gadamer argued that people have a “Historically effected consciousness.” (Wirkungsgeschichtliches Bewußtsein) and that they are embedded in the particular history and culture that shaped them. So the Presbyterians of Ireland have historically effected the consciousness of the culture that has shaped them.
This project is a work in progress and is due to be published Summer 2017. For more details about this project exhibition and publication fill in your details below.