IMMA Residency



Irish Museum of Modern Art

23rd March - 13th April 2022

REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow (RFR) is delighted to announce the launch of their exhibition and public events programme at IMMA: The Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: Queer Embodiment, and coinciding with the OUTing the Past 2022: The International Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History.

This changing exhibition will evolve over a three-week period through a series of public talks, workshops, and performances in response to the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-And-Now: Queer Embodiment, to coincide with the OUTing The Past Festival 2022: The International Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History. The exhibition will showcase some of the work created with Fatima Groups United (Out South-Central LGBTQ+ group) as the exhibition evolves further through our workshops and interactions with the public, artists, and performers.

The RFR initiative is aimed at engaging with LGBTQ+ community groups on a national platform to uncover queer histories and expand their retelling and relevance through artistic interpretation. Through a series of talks, tours, workshops and personal accounts RFR will develop a body of creative responses to be presented as a touring exhibition to regional locations across the country.

As part of each regional exhibition, a further series of local talks and workshops will generate new creative responses expanding the material as it tours to each location. This cumulative material will form both a historical and a contemporary archive of hidden queer histories and current perspectives of RFR participants. RFR is an exploration of queer identity; past and present, and aims to connect us with both our history and our community.

By better understanding our past, we can ensure a more visible and equal future

REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD is an initiative by Hannah Tiernan, researcher, writer and visual artist based in Dublin; Brendan Fox, independent curator, artist, writer and founder of the Museum of Everyone (MOE) and Aoife Banks, independent curator based in Dublin. Presented in collaboration with IMMA, RFR is supported by Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride and the Arts Council of Ireland.


Exhibition Launch and Reception

Wednesday, 23rd March, 6-8 pm 

The REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD project will launch with a short performance by artist Stefan Fae on the Amanda Coogan Stage in the Main Gallery, followed by a drinks reception and exhibition viewing in the IMMA Project Space.


Lunchtime Talk: Introduction to REWIND << FASTFORWARD >> RECORD: Revising the Rainbow

Diana Bamineke, Brendan Fox and Hannah Tiernan

Friday, 25th March, 1-2 pm

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In conversation with curator and writer Diana Bamineke, Brendan Fox, and Hannah Tiernan,  co-ordinators of the REWIND<<FASTFORWARD>>RECORD initiative, will explore some of the rationales and methodologies behind the project. Bamimeke will discuss their current research “critico-production”, a framework through which artists working across different mediums and disciplines are invited to consider the role of criticism and response in their respective fields.


Podcast Talk: Living Through the AIDS Pandemic and the Legacy of the Quilt

Izzy Kamikaze, Dr Patrick McDonagh and Kate Drinane

Tuesday, 29th March, 1-2 pm

In conversation with activist Izzy Kamikaze, Dr Patrick McDonagh and Kate Drinane will discuss living through the AIDS pandemic and the legacy of the Irish Names Quilts.


OUTing the Past Ireland 2022 at IMMA
Wed 30 March, 6.00pm

This session presents a range of responses to the subject of ‘Outing the Past’. Our guest looks at the troubled histories of LGBT+ people spanning turbulent periods in Irish history that saw a concerted campaign to police and repress same-sex desire, resulting in hundreds of gay men being incarcerated for homosexual offenses and same sex desires. From past to present, our guests address the legacy and reparation of these laws on lives of LGBT+ people, offering reflection from a visual art perspective.

Featured Responses
Seán Kissane, Curator Exhibitions, IMMA, introduces his recent research on the emergence of Queer subjectivities in Irish visual art from 1939 onwards.

Lecture: Kiernan Rose, LGBT+ activist and campaigner, discusses his research as active member of the Department of Justice Working Group for the State to disregard of criminal convictions before gay law reform in 1993. Rose shares new archival research and draws attention to the experiences of those impacted as well as the many that emigrated. In doing so, Rose calls for the greater need to commemorate those who resisted some of the most inhospitable decades of the last century in Ireland.

In Conversation: Aoife Banks, Alan Phelan and Brian Crowley explores queer history through artistic practice, this discussion will explore historical themes from LGBTQ+ history and how they have been explored and translated through artistic practices.

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Curator’s Tour: Queer Embodiment

Sean Kissane

Saturday, 2nd April, 11 am -12 pm

Curator Sean Kissane will conduct a guided tour of the first chapter of THE NARROW GATE OF THE HERE-AND-NOW: QUEER EMBODIMENT exhibition. This tour will be followed by a closed workshop, responding to the exhibition.

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Stefan Fae (Stephen Quinn)

Stefan Fae is a theatre and performance maker, based in Dublin. His work explores Irish queer identity through a kaleidoscope of drag, burlesque, physical theatre, and alternative cabaret.


Diana Bamimeke 

Diana Bamimeke is an independent curator and writer from Dublin. Currently, their practice interest lies in the curation and facilitation of socially-engaged art, with a special focus on criticality and public & community engagements (activism, workshops). Collaboration is key to their curatorial work.


Izzy Kamikaze

Izzy Kamikaze is a life-long LGBTQ+ and human rights activist. 


Dr Patrick McDonagh 

Patrick McDonagh is the author of Gay and Lesbian Activism in the Republic of Ireland, 1973-93 (Bloomsbury Academic). His research primarily focuses on gay and lesbian activism in the latter half of the twentieth century in Ireland. He obtained his PhD in History from the European University Institute in 2019.


Kate Drinane 

Kate Drinane is the co-founder of Queer Culture Ireland, a national network of artists, organisations, and cultural institutions, aimed at supporting and promoting LGBTQ+ cultural representation. She is also the Tours, Talks, Training & Interpretation Officer for the National Gallery of Ireland.


Alan Phelan

Alan Phelan is a multidisciplinary visual artist and researcher whose practise often unearths queer histories and presents previously hidden narratives in contemporary contexts.


Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley is the Collections Curator for two OPW-run museums, Kilmainham Gaol Museum and the Pearse Museum. He is the former chair of the Irish Museums Association and the author of Patrick Pearse, A Life in Pictures.  Most recently his article, ‘Queering Kilmainham: uncovering LGBTQIA+ stories in a national shrine’ was published in the 2020 edition of Studia Hibernica.