image: the foreground is filled with greenery and flowers, suggesting the picture was being taken from the bushes. Beyond this is a partically obscured old man with a stick walking around a pond with benches nearby. There are low, green hills in the distance.
text: 'Sunday 9th July 1972. 'The 31 year old man was found under some bushes in Cavehill Park. He had been shot dead. The police believe it to have been a sectarian murder.''
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.