I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at the V&A’s Friday Late ‘Queer and Now’ which takes place on Friday 27th February from 18.30 – 22.00
My talk is called ‘There’s no place like homo: the deconstruction of the queer country house’ and takes place in the beautiful National Art Library at 19.30.
Last year, the V&A celebrated the 40th anniversary of the influential and groundbreaking exhibition ‘The Destruction of the Country House, 1875-1975’. While the exhibition was concerned with the preservation of houses, this presentation will look at the idea of the preservation of homes, specifically the homes of those who could be considered queer figures. Domestic spaces have historically been some of the very few places where queer lives could be safely enacted and lived. Using a number of case studies, including National Trust properties, and other historic houses open to the public, I will make a case for activism in heritage sites to ensure that queer voices are heard in the spaces they called home. I will also showcase some of my own interventions, specifically my audiovisual exhibition at Sutton House in Hackney, and a multimedia protest based on Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire.
You can see the full programme of events here. Hope to see many of you there!