Saturday 24th July 2- 3.30
As part of I Am What I Am there will be an informative and challenging panel discussion on arts, politics and intersectionality within Irish society. The panel will be chaired by curator Sinéad Keogh. The panellists are exhibiting artist and educator Louise Walsh, exhibiting artist and feminist Breda Lynch, LGBT Traveller activist Darren Collins, member of OutWest Róisín Murphy and exhibiting artist Pradeep Mahadeshwar. The panel will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
I Am What I Am is a nuanced celebration of queer artists who work with gender, sexuality, identity and queer politics. This adventurous exhibition within Ballina Arts Centre will bring together artists from all backgrounds to unite in a diverse exploration of queer art in Ireland today.
The title hails from the song finale in the 1983 Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles written and composed by queer writer Jerry Herman. The song was covered by Gloria Gaynor that same year and has been an empowerment anthem for the LGBTQ+ community ever since.
I Am What I Am is a stronghold in the form of resistance against adversity in an ever evolving and dissolving world. The exhibition runs from 5th June – 29th July.
This is an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland with support from the Creative Ireland Programme.