Island Life: Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Victor Sloan

Born 1945, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Lives Portadown, County Armagh

Sloan studied art at Belfast and Leeds. His practice includes video, etching and screen-printing as well as photography. He often works over and into his photographs, colouring, obscuring, erasing and altering. His work focuses on ‘political, social and cultural aspects of Northern Ireland’ – the Troubles, the ‘placeless’ developments of new towns, Orange walks, battle-scarred walls in Drumcree. Overseas projects include a study of ‘the dead cities of Syria’ with Brian Kennedy in 2009, several studies in Berlin, including on the stadium designed for the 1936 Olympics, and Borne Sulinowo, a former Soviet Army town in Poland abandoned in 1992. Sloan’s technique is to concentrate on everyday details and traces of places.