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National Archives ‘With Love’

I’m pleased to announce the launch of three videos for the exhibition With Love at The National Archives. With Love tells deeply personal stories, using sometimes unexpected sources from the official government archive of the United Kingdom. Objects featured included silk pyjamas seized as evidence during a police raid, the infamous ‘sodomite’ calling card left for Oscar Wilde leading to his imprisonment, and documents relating to Maud Allen’s trial for ‘the cult of the clitoris’.

Prematurely closed due to the pandemic, I assisted in creating an online tour of the exhibition highlights, along with two online talks. The first talk was about Wallis Simpson, taking a different angle on one of the biggest constitutional crisis the country has faced in recent memory: the abdication of King Edward VIII from the thrown to be with his love Wallis Simpson. The second talk examined queer histories, finding unconventional sources for stories often deliberately absent from historical narratives.

The Art of Queer Support (Frieze)

After it’s Fringe screening, in the river (shuddering) goes on to feature in Frieze magazine. Check out the article here:

An excerpt appears below:

“Making visible the beauty of queer networks of support, as well as their constraining conditions, also motivated Rob Hesp’s short film in the river (shuddering) (2020), which premiered as part of the Queer Pandemic Response programme of London’s Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festin November. Hesp tells me that the work originated in ‘the feeling of falling, being unable to orient or find any kind of bearing to navigate with’. Shot on Walthamstow Marshes in northeast London, the film shows ten bodies slowly falling into damp grass and gently, hypnotically, rising together. Their movements are so subtly co-ordinated that it is only in retrospect you realize they have remained two metres apart throughout.”

in the river (shuddering) at Fringe!

I’m really thrilled to announce that in the river (shuddering) will be screened at Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest 2020. Directed by Rob Hesp and featuring wonderful queer friends old and new, this was one of the highlights of lockdown 1.0 for me. You can watch it online via the Fringe! website, tickets pay what you can upwards.

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