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Northern Ireland violence exhibit showing at ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights

As many Catholics, especially the Irish, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there’s been nearly two decades of relative calm in Northern Ireland’s “Troubles.” But elements from the centuries-long struggle still linger. “Eleventh Night and the Twelfth” are Irish celebrations of Protestant King William of Orange’s victory over Catholic King James II. The celebrations culminate in massive bonfires. Many view the remembrances as simple expressions of heritage and culture. Others see the celebrations as divisive and counterproductive to ongoing reconciliation. Photographer and sociologist, David Schalliol, has documented ‘Eleventh Night and the Twelfth’ and ArtWorks Projects for Human Rights is showing his work in an exhibit called ‘Bonfires and Effigies: The Contested Territories of Belfast, Northern Ireland’. Schalliol and Leslie Thomas of ArtWorks Projects, will talk about their goal of the exhibit - to “highlight the successes of ongoing peace building efforts while providing a platform to discuss how lingering challenges might be resolved.” PHOTO: Courtesy of David Schalliol

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