Through the Lens of the Secret Police: Images of the Religious Underground in Eastern Europe
- Date 9 October 2020 - 31 March 2021
- Venue Boole Library, UCC
This exhibition explores the legacy of secret police operations against religion through a visual cultural lens. The displays present a difficult kind of cultural patrimony comprised of images shot or stolen by the secret service police in Romania, Hungary and the Soviet Union. Sometimes violent or intrusive, at other times personal or with a documentary quality, secret police visual materials had many uses at the time and today prompt varied interpretations. Images that at the time were used by the secret police as incriminating evidence against religious communities, today also represent the memory, cultural patrimony and creative spirit of these groups and individuals.
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