Becoming ChristineGallery 1
11th Dec 2020 to 19th Dec 2020
About The Exhibition
Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Becoming Christine by Amanda Dunsmore, an exhibition based on the lived experience of Christine Beynon. It is a body of work involving re-presented "selfies", sound installation and video portraiture. The "selfies" follow Christine Beynon's journey and transition over a 12-year period. These self-portraits range in tone from the painful, to the playful, from the mundane to the contemplative to the joyful. The immersive sound installation & narrated artwork was a result of a collaborative partnership between the artist and Christine Beynon. This exhibition is part of Belfast Exposed’s three-year strategic plan to exhibit work about transgender topics.
A presentation of Becoming Christine in the form of a video portrait of Christine will accompany the sound installation, photographs and accompanying publication. The video portrait depicts Christine outside her home in rural Galway; a home she self-built for her family.
The legacy of Becoming Christine in combining specific artistic elements which together create an exhibition based in portraiture, is not only reflective of an individual finding themselves but is also reflective of the enormous socio-political change that has taken place in Ireland & England over the past sixty years.
Christine’s ongoing and remarkable journey to full self-realisation and the bravery of this act, make her a true pioneer. “Every time I go outside my front door it’s a political statement,” according to Christine.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 19th November and will include a live streamed artist talk featuring both Christine Beynon and Amanda Dunsmore on Friday 20th November, to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week which takes place between 13th and 19th November. We will also have speakers and community engagement events (dates to be confirmed).
Amanda Dunsmore explores how societal transformation is represented through portraiture. She works with video, sound, photography and installation. Through sculpture and media, she has developed her practice over the past twenty-five years. Her contextual portraits evolve through long periods of research and the work is often presented as a series of extensive socio-political / historical art projects. Central to Amanda’s art practice is an exploration of potential future memory in society, the accumulative legacy of portraiture in archiving history and the long-term value of socio-political art making.
Amanda Dunsmore has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and her artworks can be found in private and public collections. Amanda is a lecturer and programme leader in Sculpture & Combined Media at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT.
Amanda Dunsmore is currently working on two artworks representing female Austrian social reformers, commissioned by the socially engaged art organisation, Kunstraum Goethe Strasse xtd; a synthetic media/AI portrait, 'Curling Up with Reality' and 'The Green & The Belvedere', an artwork of a prominent Austrian political activist to be filmed in Vienna, 2021. Amanda is also currently writing 'Accumulative Legacy Practice: Art Making as Longitudinal Social Archiving and Reflection' a chapter for a 2021 Vernon Press publication.
The Jackman Goldwasser Research Residency at The Hyde Park Arts Centre, Chicago, USA, plus a research visit to Århus and Copenhagen, to explore representations of socio-political change in Denmark, have both been postponed for future dates. In January 2021, filming production will take place for the portrait of Ireland’s pioneering Transgender rights activist, Dr Lydia Foy.
Date to be confirmed | 1pm | Belfast Exposed & Live StreamedFree Admission
'Becoming Christine' at Belfast Exposed is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.