Donovan Wylie - Maze I & Maze II
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Edited by Liz Jobey
Göttingen 2009. With an essay and a historical chronology by Louise Purbrick.
Cloth in slipcase.
Between 2002 and 2003 Donovan Wylie spent almost a hundred days photographing inside the Maze prison. Through its history of protests, hunger strikes and escapes, this prison, holding both republican and loyalist prisoners, became synonymous with the Northern Ireland conflict. After the Belfast peace agreement in 1998, inmates were gradually released, but the Maze remained open. Wylie was the only photographer granted official and unlimited access to the site, and when the demolition of the prison began, symbolizing the end of the conflict in 2007, he systematically recorded its demise. The photographs which document this period are divided into four sections, each depicting a layer of the prison: the internal walls, the various modes of fencing, the H-blocks and, finally, the perimeter walls, which reveal the external landscape. Eventually this once-enclosed space is reintegrated with the outside world. First published in 2004 to critical acclaim, this new edition of Maze comes in three volumes: Maze 2002/03, Maze 2007/08, and The Architecture of Containment. Donovan Wylie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971. He is a photographer and filmmaker. In 2001 he won a BAFTA for his film The Train and has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers Gallery, London, PhotoEspana, Madrid, and the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, England. He is a member of Magnum Photos. Exhibition: Belfast Exposed March 25 to May 23, 2009
First published in 2004 to critical acclaim, this new edition of Maze comes in three volumes: Maze 2002/03, Maze 2007/08, and a small volume including the essay The Architecture of Containment and additional information.