Peacelines

Frankie Quinn

Belfast is well on its way to becoming a cosmopolitan European city, but, as a Frankie Quinn’s photography shows, the architecture of the “Troubles” conflict still shapes the city’s landscape and culture.

Quinn’s photographic studies of the “peacelines,” walls that keep Catholic and Protestant working-class populations separated, remain the only comprehensive account of their evolution since he began documenting them in 1994. The images Quinn has gathered of the peacelines are an extraordinary and compelling portrait of continued division between the different communities in Belfast. His peaceline photography is a vital reminder that there will be no lasting peace until these barriers, and the sectarian principles underpinning them, are dismantled. In Quinn’s own words, “My context is unique in that I live yards from one of the most prominent structures. They impact on my life on a daily basis.”