Joanne Mullin is a Northern Irish Artist. Her work is a contemplative observation of space, memory and conflict, exploring how a place operates as an archive of its traumatic history. She looks critically at how architecture is an articulation of representation, highlighting the issue of power, control and gender.
She studied photography in The University of Ulster, Belfast. Her work Refuge was selected by Photography critic Sean O’ Hagan for Source Photographic Review. It is part of private collections and belongs to the collection of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It was selected for The Royal Ulster Academy’s 131st Annual Exhibition, where she was presented with the Lens Based Award. In 2013 her work was exhibited at The Ulster Hall Belfast, to coincide with International Women’s Day. She was also the Emerging Artist at The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast from 2013-2014 where she curated the exhibition Taking Place, bringing together four female photographers examining gender, architecture and space and exploring strategies used by female photographers of today. She was selected as a finalist for Fresh Faced & Wild-Eyed graduate show and has exhibited in The Photographers Gallery, London in 2014. Her work was part of The Back light Photo Festival, Finland 2014.
As part of Belfast Exposed Futures in 2016 she created a new body of work exploring the psychological impact of the changing landscape of Northern Ireland by documenting the interiors of decommissioned Police Stations. At present she is creating work surrounding the issue of housing rights, the hierarchy within this system and its impact on the individuals involved.1