Jun 2021

I Am What I Am  exhibition finished

I Am What I Am

5th June – 31st July

Exhibition and Events

Curated by Sinead Keogh, I Am What I Am is a nuanced celebration of queer artists who work with gender, sexuality, identity and queer politics. This adventurous exhibition, presented in partnership with Mayo County Council Arts Service, in Ballina Arts Centre will bring together artists from all backgrounds to unite in a diverse exploration of queer art in Ireland today.

The title hails from the song finale in the 1983 Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles written and composed by queer writer Jerry Herman. The song was covered by Gloria Gaynor that same year and has been an empowerment anthem for the LGBTQ+ community ever since. ‘I Am What I Am’ is a stronghold in the form of resistance against adversity in an ever evolving and dissolving world. The exhibition runs from 5th June to 31st July. Due to current restrictions a formal launch of the exhibition will not take place on 5th June. This project is an initiative of Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland with support from the Creative Ireland Programme.

To view the 'I Am What I Am' catalogue which details the programme in its entirety, please click the following link https://files.cargocollective.com/471261/IAWIA-CATALOGUE-high-res-.pdf

To view the OutWest x National Museum of Ireland educational film detailing 'Collecting the Marriage Referendum', please click the following link https://vimeo.com/565424754

To access the audio tour for this exhibition programme, please click onto the following link

Further events will take place throughout the month of July and are dependent on Covid 19 Government restrictions.