image: the photograph has been taken across a roundabout in a playground. While the red and blue graffitied roundabout dominates the foreground a small boy can be seen being pushed on the swings by an older man with his back to the viewer. In the distance are some playingfields and some redbrick houses.
text: 'Saturday 9th June 1973. A sixty year old man was found shot three times in the head in Ballysillian playground. The area showed signs of a struggle.''
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.