Monday, 6th November 2017
An exhibition highlighting the stories of women who have had abortions and the ways in which the Eighth Amendment impacts on real lives will be launched at Filmbase, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 tomorrow, Tuesday, 7th November, at 10.30am.
The ‘Everyday Stories’ exhibition features the stories of eight women and their families. All eight have been impacted by the Eighth Amendment, with six of them having travelled abroad to access abortion services.
For the exhibition, each story has been illustrated by an Irish artist. The experiences highlighted range from crisis pregnancy and diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality to the experience of an Irish nurse in England.
At tomorrow’s launch, three of the stories featured in the exhibition will be read aloud by up-and-coming actress Karen Kelly, playwright Fiona O’Connor, and established actress Rita Evelyn Smith.
The ‘Everyday Stories’ exhibition will run at Filmbase from 7th to 9th November before moving online. An accompanying website, www.everydaystories.org, will go live to coincide with next week’s launch.
Caoimhe Anglin, whose own story features in the exhibition, established the ‘Everyday Stories’ project. Commenting today (06.11.17), she said: “We want to show that abortion is an everyday, essential healthcare service accessed by thousands of Irish women each year.
“Through this exhibition and the accompanying website, we will reveal the humanity of complex lives, considered decisions and difficult journeys. We hope ‘Everyday Stories’ will bring perspective, compassion and understanding to often divisive and difficult public debates, and will help us find common ground.”