The Belfast Murals

 

Photographer Hakan Strand is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the ‘Belfast’ series.  To see Hakan ’s  body of work click on any image.

 

 

 

 

The Murals in Belfast, painted during the last century, can be seen as a reflection of political change. They are unique wall paintings which display important historic and political developments.

 

 

 

 

In 1908, loyalists started to portray King William III on a white horse in order to strengthen the orange identity of the Protestants in Northern Ireland. Republican wall-paintings began in the late 1970’s. They can be seen as a visual display of a social movement, which was radicalized after the IRA took over again in the early 1970’s to fight for greater political voice and a reunited Ireland.

 

 

 

 

All images © Hakan Strand

 

See also:

Cityscapes II

By Hakan Strand

 

 

 

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