Peter Richards is an artist based in Belfast, in the North of Ireland.Â He works in a range of media including forms of photography, installation and performance. His works can be seen as artistic enquiries into subjects, such as: how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to; how we have the capacity to suspend disbelief in order to continue believing in chosen truths. Richards often engages with interactions between re-presentation, time and referencing. He exhibits internationally and, in 2005, participated in Northern Irelandâ€™s inaugural presentation at the Venice Biennale, â€˜The Nature of Things â€“ A Long Weekendâ€™.
Having grappled with comprehending how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to, Richards has, throughout his practice, questioned: how he chooses what he believes?; how this is informed?; and how he can suspend disbelief in order to continue to believe in seemingly temporary constructs of a truth?
Often early works took as their starting point an engagement with forms of mediated experience, such as: how he could defer questioning the edits in movies in order to enjoy and believe in a filmic reality?; or how a combination of text and/or image influenced his thinking.Â
Richards has had solo exhibitions at venues including: Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown; ZDSLU gallery, Ljubljana; The Naughton Gallery, Belfast; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Studio Lipoli & Lopez, Rome; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo; and participated in group exhibitions including: The Nature of Things, la Biennale di Venezia 51; The Belfast Way, HerzelyiaÂ Museum, Tel Aviv; L'art dans le monde, MusÃ©e dÂ´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris; Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Through A Glass Darkly, Het Consortium, Amsterdam; NI gulp, Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery; The National Review of Live Art, The Arches, Glasgow; Plug In â€“ ICA Gallery, Winnipeg; ASHOWABOUTTIME, Milch, London; States of Mind / Beyond the Image,Â GASK, Prague; New Contemporaries 99, South London Gallery & Liverpool Biennial.