Retention explores memory through long-term uninhabited rental properties in Belfast. Capturing latent signs of domesticity in these often transient spaces, the camera captures an everlasting sense of inhabitance by recording in detail the traces left behind by the last occupants. Laid bare, these interiors present themselves to the viewer, or potential occupant, as a blank canvas upon which to project their own memories of home. Appreciating the beauty and conditions of what's been left behind, these visual clues within the properties also allow the viewer to create their own past and a predicted future existence. Freezing these details permanently and removing them from the continual march of time allows for speculation, imagination and contemplation of previous occupants.
David Brady • Jacqueline Douglas • Ciarán Dunbar • Scott Leonard • Rachael Lumsden • Sara Marsden • Marie-Therese McCormick • Jan McCullough • David McIlwaine • Catherine McKenna • Clare McLaughlin • Gary Moore • Bryan Morris • Gavin Mullan • Eve O'Connor • Clodagh O'Neill • Paulina Rachanska • Lewis Rankin • Pawel Slaby • Hannah Watson • Bronagh Wilson •