The Stairlings Collective: From the Past to the Present…but the Future???

The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Printworks, Dublin Castle, 2019.

The workshops were designed to educate participants on lesbian and trans history which is often hidden or more difficult to access within the broader LGBTQI+ historical narrative. At a time when issues of transphobia are emerging and public questions are being raised in relation to women-only spaces the aim of the event is not to exclude the wider LGBTQI+ community and its allies but to invite others in, to build solidarity and in doing so, highlight the ongoing needs of women in Irish LGBTQI+ society.

The use of archival photographic and print media also served to educate the participants on the need to develop a critical visual literacy in relation to imagery that is shared in the public domain, and the role of media in influencing public opinion. Through sharing of history and exploration of archival materials, these workshops saw the participants create photographic collages and badges using a vintage badge maker all of which will be inspired by LGBTQI+ archival materials. Dialogue and sharing of experiences between participants is always encouraged to best facilitate community building and this can be seen in a previous performance and publication that was created by the collective.

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