Over the past year James McCourt has spent time photographing various aspects of life in the St James area of West Belfast. The series of images in this exhibition focuses on St James Fight Back, a community-led initiative by a local martial arts club following an increase in people taking their own lives.
“West Belfast has seen an increase in suicide and the use of drugs. This work is a response to both the issues experienced by people in St James, as well as my own experiences of loss of friends through suicide when I was growing up. St James Fights Back offers free weekly martial arts classes to bring together children, young people and other residents from the community to release the stresses of life through martial arts.”