The Mystery of Tears at @themacbelfast

The MAC are pleased to present The Mystery of Tears – an exhibition which explores themes of grief, loss, love, longing and loneliness that embody intimate human relations.

This exhibition formed part of the Belfast Festival, but runs in the Mac until the 12th January 2014.

Featuring Jesper Just, Marco Anelli, Salla Tykkä, Sophie Calle, Bill Viola and Bas Jan Ader, the exhibition questions how we have become culturally conditioned to express too readily, and without real or genuine empathy, our emotions and in particular our openness to the act of weeping.

Professor Michael Trimble of University College London’s Institute of Neurology in his book Why Humans Like To Cry emphasises the social function of crying, stating that “we should not be afraid of our emotions, especially those related to compassion, since our ability to feel empathy and with that to cry tears, is the foundation of a morality and culture which is exclusively human.”

More so than any other form of emotional expression, tears are subject to shifting cultural and historical readings; symbolising piety and sensitivity in one age, and hysteria and weakness in another. The Mystery of Tears presents a series of works which elicit a sincere and powerful shared response on the part of the viewer.

For more info on the exhibition check out the Mac website here.

Exhibition continues:
25 October – 12 January

Coming soon…

We at the MAC are Exceedingly Proud to Present an Exhibition of Capable Artworks by the Notable Hand of the Celebrated American, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Negress

Exhibition dates: 23 January – 27 April
All 3 MAC Galleries

Organised in partnership with Camden Arts Centre, London.


Post Author: Belfast Times

1 thought on “The Mystery of Tears at @themacbelfast

    Hugh Mulholland

    (October 22, 2013 - 1:34 pm)

    To clarify The Mystery of Tears is a MAC curated exhibition programmed to coincide with Belfast Festival whilst its listed in the festival programme it is not a festival event.

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