She Is Crossing The Sea
Since 1983, over 170,000 women and girls illegally crossed the Irish Sea to avail of abortion services abroad. Although abortion is now available under certain circumstances in Ireland, for many women the scars of years of carrying shame and guilt are going to take time to heal. During the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment in 2018, I interviewed several women who shared with me their experiences of travelling to the UK. These images were made as a response to those stories. For the series, I collaborated with a dancer to create images that aim to express the psychological journey that a woman must face when forced to leave her country for an abortion.
Hazel Bingham • Sarah Gallear • Karen Gregory • Tanya Keane • Philip Sliney • Rob Townsend • Selina Wallace • Jane Weinmann • Veronica M Worrall •