This is a collection of images of murals from Northern Ireland, principally West Belfast, Republican and Loyalist, painted during the recent period of Troubles. The images are records which include historical representation, political standpoints, community concerns, forms of ideological address. They range from overtly political declaration, to brutal depictions of the conflict, to humour and irony.
Tony Crowley is the Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College, and is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. He worked in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and has written widely on various aspects of language debates in Ireland.
Tony Crowley's presentation for the Claremont Discourse Lectures, entitled Speaking Through Walls: Political Murals In Northern Ireland, discussed the murals as a way of exploring how the paintings served not simply to express political viewpoints but to create physical and conceptual spaces.