Last chance to attend the National Library Living with Pride exhibition • GCN


November marks the conclusion of Live with pride, the National Library of Ireland’s one-year program exploring the Irish Queer Archive (IQA). With this comes the closing of the exhibition of the National Photographic Archives Living With Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson.

The exhibition, launched in June, to mark LGBTQ + Pride Month, features a colorful portrayal of LGBTQ + life throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The selection of images in the exhibit was chosen from an archive of over 2,000 photographs taken by activist and photographer Christopher Robson.

Let’s put this show on the road!

Christopher was a central figure in Irish LGBTQ + activism. He played a key role in the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1993 and played a central role in the introduction of civil partnership in 2011. He was also involved in the enactment of several other state laws on equality.

The exhibit was co-curated by Tonie Walsh, Founder of IQA and Partner of Christopher and fellow LGBTQ + rights activist, Bill Foley. Bill donated the collection of images to the IQA in 2015 following Christopher’s death in 2013.

The beautiful collection of images on display at the exhibition is a fascinating combination of various pride marches and LGBTQ + protest events in Ireland and abroad. They colorfully chart the evolution of Dublin Pride’s growth in terms of size, enthusiasm and confidence. They also highlight and pay tribute to some of the other key figures involved in the Irish LGBTQ + rights movement.

In the space upstairs of the gallery, the images pay homage to Christophe himself, creating an intimate portrait of his life, his loves and his passions.

The exhibition is free at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin. It is open to the public daily until November 21 and is well worth a visit in person. However, for those who cannot do this, there is an online version available. here

Two fantastic online closing events are also scheduled for Thursday, November 25th. At 2 p.m., there will be a virtual tour of the exhibition, during which participants will discover the man behind the camera and his wonderful collection of images.

At 7:00 p.m., NLI will host the closing event of the Live with pride series, ‘This is so gay! The lexicon and iconography of LGBT + life. The online roundtable will be moderated by historian and director of gender studies at UCD, Dr Mary McAuliffe. Renowned speakers include Philippa Ryder, Founder and COO of Under the Rainbow, and Ailbhe Smyth, Feminist Activist and Former Founding Director of Women’s Studies at UCD.

Both events will be free but registration is essential.

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