image: a view through a car window showing a parade of shops, including a butcher's shop and 'The Glen, Supper Salon'.
text: 'Saturday 3rd February 1973. 'Gunmen using a stolen car shot down five young boys who were standing outside the Glen chip shop on the Oldpark Road. A sustained burst of gunfire wuonded four of the youths and killed the fifth.''
Seawright revisited the sites of sectarian attacks during the 1970s close to where he grew up in Belfast. The texts are from newspaper reports at the time and document the murders of innocent civilians, killed for their perceived religion. Reference to Protestant or Catholic background was removed from the text. The contrast between the often gruesome details of the fate of the victim and the banality of the location, such as a children's playground or a well-known beauty spot, still has the power to shock. These are supposedly safe public places where ordinary people congregate, not the dark alleyways and abandoned industrial buildings that are the staple of crime films and television series. Sectarian Murder brings home the peculiarly horrible and intimate nature of civil war that has been replicated in more recent times in Bosnia, Iraq and parts of Africa.