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Queer Intentions
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Lonely City #2, 2019. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London

Writer Amelia Abraham presents an evening of readings and discussion with artists Kai Isaiah-Jamal, Victoria Sin, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings around themes of queerness, assimilation and resistance, with music from Carrie Stacks. 

In a time of what LGBTQ+ activist Urvashi Vaid calls ‘virtual equality’ (same-sex marriage, the corporatisation of queer culture, and performative progressiveness), how do we make sense of our queer identities, both as individuals and collectively? What do our responses to – and experiences of – queer culture’s mainstreaming tell us about how far we have really come in terms of progress? And can art or writing be a radical form of resistance towards both our oppression and assimilation?

This event marks the launch of Amelia Abraham’s book Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture (Picador, 2019).
Amelia Abraham is a journalist from London. Her main interest is LGBTQ+ identity politics, and she has written on or around this topic for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, ES Magazine, VICE, i-D and Dazed & Confused. She also writes about feminist issues, human-rights issues, health policy, arts and culture, and sex. Queer Intentions is her first book.

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