Chloe Austin in conversation with Matt Higgs, Kitsch Doom, and Ciara O Neill.

The artists in discussion will explore the role of culture in generating change and how each of them understands and portray gender, sexuality and identity within their creative practices.

Date: Friday November 27th,


Duration: 1 hour

Booking: Essential

Price: Free

Location: Zoom

Image: Use the poster from I

Description by Chloe Austin:

We live in a world that is characterized by a range of opinions and attitudes towards how weperform our identities, towards a given orientation of life. The ways we express ourselves areshaped by societal norms and the cultures in which we participate. The roles and activitiesthat separate woman from men are not inherited but socially constructed. With the femininebeing associated with emotional instability and the masculine facing the Pressures of ‘beinga man’ – if this shapes the way we understand the world around us, what happens when weaddress those who do not conform to these conventional ideas of what a man or woman should be?

Chloe Austin will be in conversation with three emerging artists that have used their work
to examine, question, and criticize the relationships between gender and society. Kitsch
Doom, Ciara O’Neill and Matt Higgs explore concerns and questions around gender,
sexuality and identity which were the prominent themes in their group exhibition ‘I’ at Garter
Lane in October. The discussion will analyse roots of social and sexual conservatism and
the development of their generations experience of gender and body politics. How do we
understand and respond to our roles in society? How do we address the relationship
between sexual and cultural dissent?

This talk is presented by Garter Lane Arts Centre as part of the centres on-going Education/Outreach Programme. If you have any queries about this talk or any aspects of our Education/Outreach Programme we are happy to talk, please contact

We look forward to seeing you there.

Images by : Chloe Austin


2019 : Alice Berger Hammershlag Award, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University

2018 : INABSOLUTE, Cork Film Centre Exhibition Award, Cork Film Centre

About Chloe:

Chloe Austin is a visual artist originally from Cork, Ireland. She completed her BA Fine Art Degree at Crawford College of Art and Design in 2017 and is currently situated in Belfast, UK, recently after completing her MFA Fine Art Degree at Ulster University. Austin is a multidisciplinary artist, working with performance, video, photography and creative writing within her current practice. Her work explores and questions the effects on the body due to our digital environment. Chloe aims to capture the struggle and fragmentation of language, performing the body and its relationship to new technologies. She has exhibited in various venues across Ireland and UK, including GOMA Waterford, Golden Thread Gallery and The MAC International, Belfast.


Through performative video, text and installation, I focus on issues surrounding technologies and its impact on relationships. Exploring the process of creative writing, I aim to challenge the spectator to question these relationships; whether these are fictional or attempting to expose a truth. This is further explored visually, through performative video and installation, seeking to evoke pain, pleasure and pathos. By addressing the depths of our relationships with others, we become painfully aware of the lack of human contact due to our ever-evolving digital environment. Popular culture and mass media have changed the way we view others, the way we view ourselves. I aim to explore the manipulative relationship between the self and the other, often experimenting with techniques of duality, repetition and mirroring.

There is a fascination with visuality in today’s media-saturated world, leaving the sensation of touch largely forgotten. There is a yearning for proximity and human contact that has become a struggle in contemporary society due to new technologies. We have developed a large appetite for contact and connection. This encourages me to engage in the issues that arise when this hunger is not fulfilled. Within my practice, I attempt to convey performativity of the body where public and private space is determined by seeing and being seen, touching and being touched.