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Transforming the archival process through the interpretative work of artists

Archives, as repositories of collective memory and sites of knowledge production, propose how we account for the past and provide a framework for understanding contemporary life. Structural inequality, the invisibility of certain narratives, and the exercise of political power continue to interfere with the inheritance of our culture and the mediation of our history and identity. By adding a queer, intersectional lens to how we mediate archives and embracing the creative work of artists, a new visibility is brought to how we define queer lives and ourselves as a society.

Contributors include: Writer, curator, organiser Sara Greavu (Outburst Arts, Belfast) artist Padraig Robinson, artist, writer, researcher Eimear Walshe, ANU Production’s Louise Lowe, Owen Boss, Lynnette Moran, artist Karol Radziszewski and writer, researcher Nathan O’Donnell (Research Fellow IMMA /TCD).

The Programme
Roundtable Discussion: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
To learn more we invite writer, curator and organiser Sara Greavu (Outburst Arts, Belfast) to moderate a roundtable discussion with selected artists Padraig Robinson, Gaze Against Imperialism; Eimear Walshe, Examining Separatist Epistemology and ANU Production’s Louise Lowe, Owen Boss, Lynnette Moran and co-creators of Faultline.

With the panel, we explore the artists’ individual projects and consider how their work might reconcile queer histories with personal, local or national narratives – through forms of fiction, biography, academic writing and performance. Invited artists share their strategies of research, making and activation of source material drawn from queer archives or the margins of other archives. Together, we ask what can such interventions do in progressing alternative approaches to culture and knowledge production, challenging institutional and societal hegemonies and advance wider discussions around gender, race, ability, religion, decolonisation and class.


Queer Archive Institute, Karol Radziszewsk: 2.45 – 3.30pm
To further expand on discussion themes, we invite Polish artist Karol Radziszewski to give insight into the social and political contexts that are shaping Radziszewski long-term projects DIK magazine and Queer Archive Institute (QAI). Moderated by Nathan O’ Donnell, Research Fellow, IMMA/TCD.

(QAI) is a non-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to research, collection, digitalisation, presentation, exhibition, analysis and artistic interpretation of queer archives, with special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in November 2015 by Radziszewski, the QAI is a long term project open to transnational collaboration with artists, activists and academic researchers. See more details here.

Eimear Walshe – An Exaltation of St Joseph: 4.00pm, Meeting Point, IMMA Main Reception
An Exaltation of St Joseph is a performed reading by Eimear Walshe which will take place on the IMMA grounds. As part of an ongoing project to restore political and sexual role models in the present day, the artist mobilises less normative family structures canonised in the bible, to give precedence for sexual subjects who are understood as ‘fallen’, even in contemporary Ireland. Gather at 4.00pm to hear about how the intercession from St Joseph can enrich our relationships and daily lives.

Presented in the context of CHROMA – a public programme that brings together artists, creative practitioners, educators, activists and designers to respond to ideas of ‘intersectionality’ and ‘Protest’ as it relates to IMMA’s current programme: Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age; Derek Jarman, PROTEST!  and IMMA Archive: 1990s, From the Edge to the Centre.

About Speakers and Artists

Sara Greavu (Discussion Moderator)
Sara Greavu works with artists and others and others to make exhibitions, projects and texts. She was recently appointed as Queer Arts Development Leader at Outburst Arts, Belfast). In her previous role as Head of Public Programmes in CCA Derry~Londonderry and as an independent curator, she has developed and delivered a range of collaborative projects including exhibitions, research, engaged public programmes, educational platforms, and events such as lecture-performances, workshops, symposia, screening seasons, and reading groups. She is interested in how art can recognise broader social structures, compassing art, artists and audiences in relation to these other fields of inquiry and other axes of power and privilege. She has a PhD from Ulster University and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the University of Bergen. See more details here.

ANU Production
Established in 2009, ANU is led by Theatre-maker Louise Lowe and Visual Artist Owen Boss, they were joined in 2013 by Producer Matt Smyth and Creative Producer/Curator Lynnette Moran. ANU are a multidisciplinary company, cross-pollinating theatre, visual art and dance. Building a reputation for creating transformative experiences in unconventional sites, they continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between immersive and site-specific practice. ANU place the audience at the very centre of the experience to create autonomous and meaningful exchanges. ANU’s aesthetic represents the independent and the experimental, creating a new kind of multi-disciplinary model – a daring new hybrid art at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape. They are a multi-award-winning company who have been Artists in Residence at the Gate Theatre since 2018.

Louise Lowe and Lynnette Moran are co-creators of FAULTLINE and Owen Boss designed the immersive environment of the production. They will discuss their appraised production FAULTLINE, described as a ‘Love Story – An Investigation – An Exodus, into a series of unrelated events in 1982, that ruptured Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community with catastrophic consequences. 1,500 people were investigated, and details of their intimate lives came under scrutiny and surveillance, and many feared being outed to families, friends and employers. Under pressure from Church and State, a faultline formed – resulting in a social/cultural exodus from Ireland in search of anonymity and refuge. As part of FAULTLINE – audiences were propelled through a living history, based on source materials contained in the Irish Queer Archive, encountering those at the heart of this upheaval as they grapple with the threat of public perception of their very private lives. ‘Eloquently directed and choreographed…a powerful spur to empathy’ The Guardian ‘…epic in aspiration, biblical in power, divine in execution…’ The Arts Review. FAULTLINE an ANU and Gate Theatre Co-Production. Developed as part of Live Collision International Festival 2018 and presented by Dublin Theatre Festival 2019, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City. See more details here

Padraig Robinson
Padraig Robinson (b. Athy 1985) is an artist writing books and screenplays, inquiring into pre-queer histories and the contemporary economy of the image. Robinson’s first novella size book, 6 — 9: Notes from the archive of Dan Kane, was published by Publication Studio Rotterdam in 2016, and in 2017 he was a contributor to the twelfth edition of the annual publication Caderno_Sesc Videobrazil 12, São Paulo. Robinson is based in Berlin and Stuttgart, where he is 2017 — 2019 Visual Arts Fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude. Robinson studied sculpture at Limerick School of Art and Design graduating in 2008 and received an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in 2013. Currently presented at IMMA in the project CHROMA – Robinson new artist’s book project Gaze Against Imperialism (2019) is written in the form of a rehearsal for a film never intended to be made. The narrative begins in the Irish Queer Archive, in 2014, where Robinson initially tracked tensions between legal reform activism and the social economy of the emerging gay scene in 1980s Ireland. See more details here

Eimear Walshe is an artist, writer and two-time research fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Their projects at the Van Abbe, titled Examining Separatist Epistemologies and The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies, experimented with alternative forms of museum mediation, and sustained public engagement with the collection. Their work also extends research in queer theory and feminist epistemology into sculpture, performance, publication and education work. They will present new work based on the history of the Land Wars in Ireland at EVA International 2020, as part of the Platform Commissions program, for which they were awarded the Firestation Digital Media Residency and the TBGS Project Studio Award. Recent presentations include: Jolene at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Catalyst Arts Belfast, and Perdu Amsterdam; Exaltation of Saint Joseph/The Holy Trinity at CCA Derry~Londonderry, and GRETTA at King House Boyle.

Nathan O’Donnell (Discussion Moderator)
Dr Nathan O’Donnell is a writer and researcher with a scholarly background in twentieth-century British art and magazine publishing. He is one of the co-editors of Paper Visual Art Journal, and he publishes on contemporary art here and elsewhere, including The Dublin Review, Gorse, Apollo: The International Art Magazine, The Irish Times and Architecture Ireland. He has been the recipient of a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council Ireland, as well as artist commissions from IMMA and South Dublin County Council. He also teaches part-time as part of the MA Art in the Contemporary World at National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and his first book, on Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press. See more details here.

Karol Radziszewski
Karol Radziszewski (b. 1980) lives and works in Warsaw (Poland) where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. Founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale. See more details here.

Tickets and Booking

This is a Free and Ticketed event. Tickets are limited for this series of events. If tickets are no longer available and you are keen to attend please write an expression of interest to [email protected] by the closing date of Weds 29 Jan 2020.

Additional Resources 


Additional Resources

Queering the Archive: Talks and Events (1) Roundtable Discussion Soundcloud
Queering the Archive: Talks(2). Queer Archive Institute, Karol Radziszewsk Soundcloud

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.