Dr Tina Kinsella
Dr Tina Kinsella is Head of Department of Design and Visual Arts in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT) and Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin.
Tina’s research and writing explores intersections between art, ethics and politics. Informed by her engagement with recent campaigns for reproductive rights and maternal healthcare in Ireland, Tina’s current research examines how art can interrogate gender injustice and provoke social change.
Tina regularly collaborates with artists who are interested in the crossover between art and political activism. She was a researcher for Jesse Jones’ installation Tremble Tremble at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 which was inspired by the International Wages for Housework Campaign initiated by the International Feminist Collective in Italy during the 1970s. Tina’s essay for Tremble Tremble, entitled ‘O Children in God’s name slay not your mother!’, proposed the maternal body as a site of inspiration for the production of an alternative social imaginary. She recently curated an exhibition of works by artists Aideen Barry and Alice Maher entitled ‘Fair is Foul & Foul is Fair’ (2019). Her essay for this exhibition examined the silencing of the female voice throughout history and the re-emergence of this voice in the work of these two artists to call for political change and social justice.