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Dancing milkmaids surround Krishna, but it’s not the Hindu deity they’re excited to be around. In Basudhara Roy’s gorgeous and erotically tinged poem, bodies undress and dissolve to the music of their own longing.
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Frankie Dytor talks to writer, activist and curator, So Mayer, about their brilliant book, A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing, writing as non-linear montage, actively creating the anarchive, the iconic figure of Magnus Hirschfeld, embodiment and more.
Read More “In conversation with So Mayer: ‘The body is not a discrete object’”
Emily Walters’ collage, Baroque Carnival Euphoria, is a gorgeously frothy pink concoction that celebrates the extravagance of Italian frescoes and the Carnivale di Venezia whilst also looking forward to contemporary neon street art and pop culture.
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Selin Genc takes us on a return trip, economy class, to the Eurovision of the early 00s, where austerity was answered with excessive performances – and a singing turkey!
Read More “Three Exorbitant Acts: Eurovision 2008-2013 by Selin Genc”
The 2019 Met Gala took inspiration from Susan Sontag’s renowned essay, ‘Notes on Camp’, but what of the less glamorous, closer-to-home forms of Sontagion camp? Here, Rebecca Savage looks at the queer origins of Coronation Street, its campy costumes and flamboyant characters.
Read More “Camp on the Cobbles: Sontag, Campness and Coronation Street”
Dryland is an ‘anti-coming out’ novel full of shifting surfaces and unplumbed depths, where the reality of relationships and queer desire are alluded to but never fully disclosed, writes Anna Kate Blair.
Read More “Dryland by Sara Jaffe – a novel that lingers like the memory of adolescence”
In this gorgeously giddy piece, Jess Moody revels in the queer aestheticism and poetic freedom of Michael Field’s Works and Days.
Read More “‘Writing Michael with You’ by Jess Moody”
A secondhand book found in Paris takes Elodie Rose Barnes on a curious foray into the fantastical Studio Manassé, a portraiture business that specialised in glamorously surreal and, at times, problematic photographs of women.
Read More “Fantasies and Erotics: Discovering Studio Manassé by Elodie Rose Barnes”
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has inspired a wave of popular culture references and art historical speculation, but who was the true inspiration behind that smile, and could da Vinci’s famous painting be the trans icon we never knew we needed?
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To open their new guest editorial, BAROQUE, Frankie Dytor talks to award-winning writer, Shola von Reinhold, about their acclaimed novel, LOTE, the radicalism of ornamentality, writing trans characters and the existence of queer Black artists and figures in the archives.
Read More “Interview with Shola von Reinhold: ‘It felt like Hermia Fabulated herself out of the archive’”