REBECCA EMILY BURNS
I was only two when the Good Friday Agreement was signed, a treaty which promised peace through ceasefire. I was not present for most of the Troubles, yet I cannot escape it. Northern Ireland is riddled with remnants of a civil war, from barracks to border crossings. Sectarian graffiti, flags and markings remind me of who I am and where I am welcome.
My Fathers Troubles explores the current landscape of Northern Ireland, which is still littered with reminders of a civil war. Rebecca travelled along the border for a week and photographed over 20 police and British army barracks, both disused and functional, which are yet to be dismantled. Structures which seem to promise unrest and serve as a constant warning for surrounding communities.
This expedition was done side by side with her father, someone who had experienced the Troubles first hand, and with whom she had a turbulent relationship. His absence through part of her childhood had resulted in the two using the trip to mend their relationship, whilst interrogating and navigating the landscape together. Addressing the past through her father’s narrative while photographing the present, she aims to speak upon undiagnosed trauma and its manifestation into the fabric of everyday life.