Photography exhibition ‘Unusual Gestures’ opens at Roscommon Arts Centre

Work from the exhibition “Unusual Gestures” by Lorraine Tuck, at Galway International Arts Festival (July 2023) and Photo Museum Ireland (September-November 2023). Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

County Galway artist Lorraine Tuck’s newly-commissioned work ‘Unusual Gestures’ opens at Roscommon Arts Centre on this Friday, 2nd of February.

This intensely moving and emotionally powerful photographic exhibition tells the story of a family living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability and is curated and produced by Photo Museum Ireland.

Tuck is the mother of four children (two boys and two girls). The boys have autism spectrum disorder, which in the case of the youngest, is coupled with severe intellectual disability.

Unusual Gestures provides insights into the far-reaching implications that neurodiversity and disability present for families. It explores the impacts – some subtle, some fundamental – on parental and sibling relationships, and charts the challenges and joys of everyday family life.

The exhibition succeeds in capturing how everyone, neurotypical as well as neurodiverse, forms the centre of their own separate and singular world, while at the same time it celebrates how we are all inescapably interconnected to the human family tree.

A further series of works in the exhibition focuses on the artist’s uncle Owen. Born in 1972 in Connemara, Owen has Down Syndrome and is gender fluid. At times, Owen chooses to live as a woman called ‘Pink’. Owen/Pink has collaborated with Tuck to produce a series of portraits exploring their fluid gender identity with joyful and refreshing honesty. At its heart, this exhibition is about love more than autism or disability.

Unusual Gestures runs at Roscommon Arts Centre until March 29. All are welcome to attend the opening this Friday, February 2nd, at 6 pm.