Through this installation, we seek to foster understanding and empathy towards the LGBTQ+ community, shedding light on the personal and unique experiences of individuals as they navigate their own paths of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Our intention is not to speak for all people, but rather to share individuals' coming out stories and their experiences.
The history of the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland is a complex tapestry, woven with threads of struggle and progress. For many years, homosexuality was deemed illegal, subjecting LGBTQ+ individuals to criminalisation, imprisonment, and institutionalisation. However, since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993, Ireland has embarked on a transformative journey towards LGBTQ+ equality.
Despite these advancements, discrimination and marginalisation persist for many LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly in rural and conservative areas. This reality makes the process of coming out a daunting and arduous one, as fears of rejection from families, friends, and communities loom large. Nonetheless, Ireland also boasts numerous supportive and accepting individuals and communities. Countless LGBTQ+ people have experienced positive coming out stories, finding acceptance and love. In recent years, Ireland has gained recognition for its progressive stance on LGBTQ+ issues, exemplified by the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2015 and the implementation of comprehensive gender recognition laws, which stand among the most progressive in the world.
This installation serves as a visual and auditory representation of our extensive research conducted over several months, dedicated to fostering inclusivity within the K-FEST Arts Festival. By incorporating sound recordings of personal stories, evocative quotes, visual representations, and immersive video elements, we aim to create an immersive experience that invites viewers to engage with the multifaceted narratives of the LGBTQ+ community.
Through this exploration, we hope to inspire dialogue, challenge preconceptions, and ultimately nurture greater understanding and empathy. By amplifying the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, we contribute to the ongoing movement towards equality and inclusivity for all within our society.
Thanks to everyone who helped on this project, including:
Rochelle Lucey / Tim Clifford / Oisin Lernihan-Bolt / Cara Cleary / Darragh Kinch / Jade O'Connor / Asha Murray / Dave Ryan / Paul Inglis / Mark Dempsey / El Reid-Buckley / Kerry Parents Friends Association / Paula Lucey / Susan O'Shea / K-FEST Committee members / Brand Geeks / BeLong / ScEEN / Twisted Vision