Disagreements is a response to the Northern Ireland Assembly's failure to negotiate the contrasting political viewpoints that have created a difficult and seemingly unresolvable political landscape. The works are made in the public grounds of the Stormont Estate, which surround the Parliament building.
2017 - political power-sharing in the Northern Ireland Assembly collapsed. The reasons for the failure are complex and although not directly related to historical disagreements, these soon rose to the surface. The resulting ideological and cultural impasse has destabilised the province and raised doubts about the Good Friday Agreements’ viability as a framework for governance.
2018 - the twenty year anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement passed uneventfully whilst the Assembly borne from it was silent. The prospect of a future Assembly has been twisted by and into the outcome of BREXIT.
2020 - 3 years after power sharing collapsed, the Northern Ireland Assembly has resumed under the same complex and fragile model of governance that contributed to its failure.
2022 - The Northern Ireland Assembly collapses due to one party's protest over the Northern Ireland Protocol. The protocol was negotiated as part of the UK/EU BREXIT agreement, and places a trade border in the Irish Sea. One section of the community believes this economic border undermines their British identity. The political party that also holds this view has refused to return to government until the protocol is scrapped.
2023 - Despite refinements to the Northern Ireland protocol, 'The Windsor Deal', 'The Stormont Break', the disagreements continue and the Assembly is unable to function.