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January 2, 2018

A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission | Peter Mitchell at Belfast Exposed

12 January to 24 February
Exhibition Preview: Thursday 11 January 6pm

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present, A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission by Peter Mitchell, the first major solo exhibition of the British colour documentary photographer on the island of Ireland.

A fan of aviation since childhood and inspired by the US Viking space missions, which landed observation โ€˜landersโ€™ on the surface of Mars for the first time in the 1970โ€™s, Mitchell adopts the notion that an โ€˜alienโ€™ from Mars has returned to earth, and is exploring the urban landscape with a degree of surprise and puzzlement. Combining vernacular images of his hometown of Leeds, with landscapes of Mars sourced from NASA, A New Refutation presents the everyday scenes and people that Mitchell passed on a daily basis whilst working as a truck driver in the city. The series of photographs take the form of a survey of planet earth, made up of observations and documents collected by this โ€˜alienโ€™ wanderer.

First exhibited at the Impressions Gallery in November 1979, this groundbreaking project lay dormant for many years before touring to Les Rencontres dโ€™Arles in 2016, and finally being published by RRB Photobooks in April 2017.

Artist Talk with Peter Mitchell: Friday 12 January 1-2pm

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A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission | Peter Mitchell at Belfast Exposed