Artist Talk | REWIND <<>> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR) for OUTing the Past Ireland 2022 at IMMA


Artist Talk | REWIND <<>> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR) for OUTing the Past Ireland 2022 at IMMA Date/Time
Date(s) - 30/03/2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Irish Museum of Modern Art





This session presents a range of responses to the subject of ‘Outing the Past’. Our guest looks at the troubled histories of LGBT+ people spanning turbulent periods in Irish history that saw a concerted campaign to police and repress same-sex desire, resulting in hundreds of gay men being incarcerated for homosexual offenses and same-sex desires. From past to present, our guests address the legacy and reparation of these laws on the lives of LGBT+ people, offering reflection from a visual art perspective.

Featured Responses

Lecture, 30min : Seán Kissane, Curator Exhibitions, IMMA, introduces his recent research on the emergence of Queer subjectivities in Irish visual art from 1939 onwards.

Lecture, 30min: Kiernan Rose, LGBT+ activist and campaigner, discusses his research as an active member of the Department of Justice Working Group for the State to disregard of criminal convictions before gay law reform in 1993. Rose shares new archival research and draws attention to the experiences of those impacted as well as the many that emigrated. In doing so, Rose calls for the greater need to commemorate those who resisted some of the most inhospitable decades of the last century in Ireland.

In Conversation, 40min: Aoife Banks, Alan Phelan, and Brian Crowley explore queer history through artistic practice, this discussion will explore historical themes from LGBTQ+ history and how they have been explored and translated through artistic practices.

In-person and ticketed event in the Lecture Room. To book tickets click here.


REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR)

23 March – 13 April 2022.

IMMA is delighted to present REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR) on the occasion of the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: Queer Embodiment, and coinciding with the OUTing the Past 2022: The International Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History.

The RFR initiative is aimed at engaging with LGBTQ+ community groups on a national platform to uncover queer histories and expand their retelling and relevance through artistic interpretation. Through a series of talks, tours, workshops and personal accounts RFR will develop a body of creative responses to be presented as a touring exhibition to regional locations across the country.

As part of each regional exhibition, a further series of local talks and workshops will generate new creative responses expanding the material as it tours to each location. This cumulative material will form both a historical and a contemporary archive of hidden queer histories and current perspectives of RFR participants. RFR is an exploration of queer identity; past and present, and aims to connect us with both our history and our community.

By better understanding our past, we can ensure a more visible and equal future

Over a three-week period, RFR will engage with and respond to IMMA’s current exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-And-Now: Queer Embodiment. The RFR exhibition will showcase some of the work created with Fatima Groups United (Out South-Central LGBTQ+ group) as the exhibition evolves further through our workshops and interactions with the public, artists, and performers.

REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD is an initiative by Hannah Tiernan, researcher, writer and visual artist based in Dublin; Brendan Fox, independent curator, artist, writer and founder of the Museum of Everyone (MOE) and Aoife Banks, independent curator based in Dublin. Presented in collaboration with IMMA, RFR is supported by Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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