Seán Jackson            
Yes, Equality
Irish Marriage Equality Referendum 2015


New York Times Cover May 20 2015

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In 2015 I worked with muralist Joe Caslin to create an image that became one of the main emblematic elements of the marriage equality campaign and a momento to so many people that the deep, constitutional shift directly effected.  
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The image was constructed in studio and is simply of two human beings embracing. We worked with the emotional consequences of a definitive No, coming from an external force. How does that current reality affect our ability to relate with ourselves and others on an intimate level?
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The viewer is confronted with the responsibility and weight of that decision and it’s potential consequence. Beyond sexuality, beyond thought, just the viceral heaviness, absolutism and contractive feeling of judging a No on someone else’s existence.
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The only potential for relief in the image is a deeper recognition of feeling over thinking.
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By recognising the feeling we can no longer assume rulership over anyone else’s intimate life with clear conscience. Our empathetic gentleness of maybe emerges. The No leaves no room for maybe, but a Yes creates the space.
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Maybe = Yes
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Creative Direction, Photography & Photographic Art Direction: Seán Jackson.
Mural: Joe Caslin.
Casting: Seán Jackson and Colm Corrigan.
Grooming: David Cashman.
Wardrobe: Colm Corrigan.






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