Nothing But a Curtain (Belfast Exposed)

Vera Detelinova Hadzhiyska (Curator), Zula Rabikowska

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


In 2023 I was awarded the Belfast Exposed Curatorial Award to curate an exhibition at Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland.

The show I proposed and curated was a solo exhibition by Zula Rabikowska showcasing her documentary project, “Nothing But a Curtain” about gender identity in Central and Eastern Europe.

“By exhibiting Zula’s powerful, thought-provoking work in Belfast, where the LGBTQI+ community is still marginalised and similarly affected by the turbulent and complicated politics and history of Northern Ireland, I hope to encourage a dialogue about gender equality.

The “Iron Curtain’’ might have been dismantled but in Belfast, peace walls still separate the population and are an ever-present reminder of the past. Even though it is a different history, the experience of navigating borders, and political & social changes transcend boundaries.

Especially in the present political climate of nationalist, homophobic, misogynistic and militaristic attitudes rising in politics globally, I hope Nothing But A Curtain will resonate with the Belfast public and inspire an exchange of stories across borders.”

Excerpt from the curatorial statement about the exhibition by Vera Hadzhiyska, curator
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBelfast Exposed
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2023
EventNothing But a Curtain - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Feb 202318 Mar 2023

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