Laurence Gibson (b.1987) is a Belfast born photographer whose work explores themes of identity and belonging.
Growing up in Northern Ireland there are many elements of identity that were distorted. A tiny fractured province, with a complex and contested identity. He is acutely aware of how identities are manufactured. It is his belief that the best method of representation is through subtle individual narratives.
He has had the the privilege to work on two large scale collaborative commissions with the aim of disrupting and informing these manufactured identities. The first 'the migrant' and the second 'individuals with a communication disability'.
More recently He has been considering signs of Ireland's religious past as well as photographing one of London's smallest churches.
Projects and Exhibitions
Portrait of Britain 'Ronnie, 2017' selected and exhibited on digital screens around the UK. August 2017. Award and exhibition organised by The British Journal of Photography in collaboration with JC Decaux.
My Journey My Voice was launched in November 2015 in The Long Gallery at Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast to policy makers and will tour as an exhibition and training tool around Northern Ireland.
touring exhibition series/ accompanying workshops series
The Belonging Project has achieved great success and continues to tour as an exhibition and workshop series, challenging social stereotypes towards migrants in our society. It was exhibited as part of the Adopting Britain Exhibition in the Southbank Centre, London from April-September 2015.
+100 participants/ +20 exhibitions/ +10 workshops/ roundtable discussion/ sustainable project/ workshop toolkit