Summer is here (theoretically) and the (theoretically) improved weather means I’m much more likely to make it to interesting exhibitions than I am during the winter months when struggling across the city on foot in freezing, lashing rain and it doesn’t seem remotely worth it no matter how inspiring, challenging or note-worthy the work on display happens to be. Here are two photography exhibitions around Dublin at the moment which are well worth popping into on your lunch break.
A photographic exhibition by Tiane Doan na Champassak
If you’re around Synge Street this is well worth a visit, though I have heard from a few people that it is quite a difficult exhibition in parts (I haven’t yet made it myself). Champassak’s Showroom focuses on an annual festival in Tamil Nadu, India, which is attended by thousands of hirja or eunuchs who make up a community that is seen as both sacred and shunned by Indian society.
Showroom runs at The Copper House Gallery until the 25th June 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.
A photographic exhibition by Alison Mc Donnell
On the other side of the city, home-grown talent Alison Mc Donnell is exhibiting three of her projects together in the Red Room in Outhouse, Capel Street.
[Denied] visually documents LGBT people and their families with a particular focus on the rights denied to children with LGBT parents and the non-biological or non-adoptive parent.
[Transgender Ireland] is described as a ‘documentation of transgender people in our country. It is a record of people invisible in Irish society’. This is possibly my favourite of Mc Donnell’s projects and if you haven’t seen it exhibited before I highly recommend you trot along. There
[Transpose] is an exhibition of current work Mc Donnell is undertaking for her MFA in photography and a sneak peak at work in progress makes this an super-interesting offer. [Transpose] is a follow-on from [Transgender Ireland], in the new work Mc Donnell is recording individuals in their homes, with their families and so on, as opposed to the black background of [Transgender Ireland].
The exhibition runs until the end of June, admission is free.