Becoming Christine - in partnership with Christine Beynon. Curated by Liz Burns showing in Ireland at the Galway Arts Centre, 2017 & RHA Dublin, 2018.

Christine Beyenon

Becoming Christine is an exhibition based on the lived experience of Christine Beynon. It is a continually developing body of work involving re-presented "selfies", sound installation and video portraiture that will premiere at Galway Arts Centre. A new related publication, Becoming Christine (64 page, 3 essays, 48 images), will also be officially launched at the opening of the exhibition.

The "selfies" follow Christine Beynon's journey and transition over the past 12 years—to becoming a woman.  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. During 2012, Amanda recorded a series of conversation between herself and Christine—where Christine described her journey to becoming a woman. In 2017, Amanda and Christine have decided it is the right time to share that conversation and a journey that has continued over the intervening years.

The dialogue continues through a 2018 showing of Becoming Christine at the RHA, Dublin, where Dunsmore further questions what constitutes portraiture by making a video portrait of Christine outside her home in rural Galway; a home she self-built for her family.  In contrast to the well-known Irish political figures videoed by the artist to date (including Monica MacWilliams, John Hume, Senator David Norris, Martin McGuinness & Lord Alderdice), Christine Beynon is a member of the general public. Yet her ongoing and remarkable journey to full self-realisation and the bravery of this act, make her a true pioneer. As Christine herself has said "Every time I go outside my front door, it's a political statement." 
The legacyof 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 60 years. 

The new publication Becoming Christine is availible through Galway Arts Centre & AMACH! in Galway.

Image by Christine Beynon – View from my feet - looking over my 'wall' - after breast argumentation, ‘selfies’ series, 2013.