“Leading The Blind” at Fort Dunree
ARTIST John Black has
been invited by Artlink to showcase his latest solo
exhibition, “Leading The Blind”, at the Saldanha
Suite, Fort Dunree, this June.
For this collection of photographic work, Black
spent time researching how a blind and visually
impaired group came together over knitting in order
to overcome their isolation, improve their own lives
and support each other as a community.
He weaves this narrative together with the
re-telling of historical events from 1939, when
blind workers at the Gwynn Institute in Derry
launched one of the first known industrial disputes
by disabled workers.
Through the act of unearthing and presenting such
hidden stories and histories of marginalised
communities, Black seeks to bridge historical
landscapes and enrich our understanding of the human
Leading The Blind: John Black is at
Fort Dunree from 8th - 30th June 2019.
John Black explains,
“This exhibition is an exploration into how we
visualise the invisible. Central to the concept of
“Leading the Blind” is the uncovering of forgotten
historical events which shine a light on the human
condition and our enduring ability to re-adapt and
control challenging environments through
self-empowerment and a mutual-aid impulse, which is
intrinsic to the evolution of mankind.”
Leading The Blind: John Black is at the Saldanha
Suite, Fort Dunree from the 8th - 30th June 2019.
Fort Dunree opening times: Monday to Friday from
10.30 am - 4.30 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 -
4.30 pm. Exhibition preview is on Saturday 8th June