I Am - Photograph Exhibition May 2019 #IAm

Issued 14 May 2019

I am Photo Exhibtion

St. Michael’s House, is delighted to announce a new photographic portrait series exhibition entitled ‘I Am’.  #IAm

The portrait series was created by Bryan James Brophy, a Dublin-based photographer for his MFA in Photography at the Belfast College of Art, Ulster University.


The exhibition  took place in the St Michael’s House Ballymun Head Office on 15th May 2019

The  Exhibition features 20 adult service users from across Dublin.

Thank you to Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cathleen Carney Boud for officially  opening this event.

About the Exhibition

I am Photo ExhibtionThe photographic series features portraits of adults with intellectual disabilities who avail of services provided by St. Michael's House in Dublin. The goal of Bryan’s work is to create a greater visual awareness of people with intellectual disabilities in society, to advocate for greater inclusion and to challenge stereotypical attitudes.I am Photo Exhibtion

The exhibition is free to attend and open to members of the public.



The exhibition coincided with the UN International Day of Families, which aims to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families, and will bring together service users and their families from various St. Michael’s House Units in Dublin.


Photographer Bryan James Brophy said:

“I've chosen to photograph people with Intellectual Disabilities because I believe that they are under-represented visually in society.Inclusion is central to people's identity and being visible is essential to being considered and included. By making this work and increasing the visual representation of people with intellectual disabilities through the photography, my intention is to advocate for greater inclusion. With the portrait series being on display initially in Ballymun, and in future public exhibitions including the upcoming Belfast Photo Festival we hope to communicate to the wider community the importance of being seen, being visible and being included".

Commenting on the upcoming exhibition, Conor Kenny , Director of Adult Services St. Michael's House added:

We are delighted to work alongside Bryan James Brophy to display the ‘I Am’ portrait series in our Ballymun Unit on 15th May. The creative portrait series featured 20 adult service users from across Dublin, and we were delighted to welcome them and their families to our Ballymun Unit to celebrate the exhibition on the International Day of Families”.

For more information about the portrait series, please visit:


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