Culture Club: Watching IT’S A SIN by Russell T. Davies

Selina Robertson Writing

By Annie Ring. Davies’ show robs Jill of ambivalence in a way that made me wonder how we can avoid our queer kinship relationships being complicit with neoliberal reductions of the state. Thinking through ambivalence, as I do below with reference to Roszika Parker’s feminist psychoanalysis, can help us by contrast to build more critical kinship for viral times.

Culture Club: Reading MISHANDLED ARCHIVE by Tara Fatehi Irani

Selina Robertson Writing

By Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou. One of my favourite images from Tara Fatehi Irani’s book, Mishandled Archive, is of a bride seated on the floor. She is very still, very quiet, but her eyes speak… She is gazing at her past; she is gazing at her future, at a future waiting, watching, approaching, soon to replace this moment.

Culture Club: Reading IT TAKES BLOOD AND GUTS by Skin & Watching THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION by Radha Blank

Selina Robertson Writing

By Jenny Chamarette I don’t think it’s a coincidence that It Takes Blood And Guts and The Forty-Year-Old Version have stuck with me while I experience my own mid-life inertia, as I reflect on the unseen power of my adolescent voice and look to rebuild my own creativity. And it makes sense to me to seek out the wisdom of Black women musicians and artists to do that.

Culture Club: Watching INDIANARA by Marcelo Barbosa and Aude Chevalier-Beaumel

Selina Robertson Writing

Casa Nem is an occupied house where LGBT people, mainly sex working trans women of colour, can stay and live together. Indianara is the founder. The film is full of shots of the girls hanging out at Casa Nem or Indianara’s place: in a pool, dancing tits out, getting ready or whatever. It’s so rare to see trans women lounging around together and having fun on screen. 

Culture Club: Reading IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado

Selina Robertson Writing

My friend warned me when she got me the book. I kept it on a table for two weeks before I picked it up. Five days so that if it had traces of Covid on it, it would die. Nine days to gather the courage. The book she was talking about is Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House.