Allan Hughes is an artist based in Belfast and working out of Orchid Studios. His video work explores relationships and responses to the recorded voice and its role in the negotiation and remediation of historical narratives.
Hughes' works usually proceeds from research into the sites, documents and apparatus of recorded and remediated histories. His installations have touched on many subjects, which have included Jane Fonda's Radio Hanoi Broadcasts, the decommissioned British Army listening post at Black Mountain in Belfast, the recording of Patty Hearst's S.L.A. Communiqués and the erased portions of Richard Nixon's Watergate Tapes.
His works examine the precarious position of subjectivity within the constructed narratives of history and the processes of their representation and reception, acknowledging that his subjects are events, people and places that have been fictionalised as much as they have been reconstructed and recounted. Hughes unpacks the processes of remediation through a deconstruction of production methodologies and establishes a place that privileges listening and the rediscovery of subjective and heterogeneous positions within reconstructed histories.
Recent exhibitions of work have been shown at Matt Roberts Gallery in London, SCOPE Art in New York and KYU in Taiwan. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally with work shown in the Mediations Biennale in Poznan Poland, UNOACTU in Dresden, La Sala Naranja Valencia, the Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast and the Beursschouwburg in Brussels amongst others. He has recently completed his PhD in Fine Art at the University of Ulster under Professors Willie Doherty and Kerstin Mey.
Allan Hughes is represented by the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.
CV & Education
2012 - Enemy Blue, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland - Regressions, Belltable Art Centre, Limerick, Ireland
2010 - Lightbox Commission, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
2009 - Nagraphobia, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2007 - Read My Lips, Old Museum Art Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2004 - If I Told You, I'd Have To Kill You, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
Selected group exhibitions
2014 - W I L D S C A P E S, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2013 - Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2012 - Pallas Periodical Review II, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France - Lights, Camera, Action!, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 - Welcome To The Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick, Ireland - After The Fall, Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland
2010 - M-Machine, GoldenThread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France - Salon Video 2010, Matt Roberts Arts, London, England - SCOPE ART, 355 West 36th Street, New York, U.S.A. - The View From Napoleon's Nose, KYU Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2009 - Different Dimensions, Living Perm Project, Maxim Gorky Perm State Library, Perm, Russia - ISEA 2009, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2008 - A Few Sequential Intimacies, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland - Camouflash, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland - Camouflash, UNOACTU, Dresden, Germany - Don't You Want Me, G126, Galway, Ireland
Residencies & awards
2010 - Major Artists Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
2009 - Artists Residency Programme, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2002 - Network North Residency Programme, NIFCA, Ivalo, Finland