On the occasion of Queer Frontiers: Queer Myths, Queer Futures
, artists, art professionals and writers gathered in the heart of Soho to explore both the historical contexts for queer art and envision what queer visual culture might look like in the future.
The panellists at the event were Sacha Coward
, an educator, community curator and consultant working on hidden LGBTQ+ histories and stories in collections, whose book Queer as Folklore: A Secret History of the Links Between Queerness, Folklore and Myth is to be published next year, and Dominic Sylvia Lauren, founder and co-director of Hekáte Studios
, an innovative studio and project management platform, supporting artists, galleries, and cultural organisations internationally, and who recently launched the nomadic gallery KIRKI which takes over domestic spaces and stages annual contemporary art exhibitions across the Greek Cyclades.
The panel was completed by 3 of the exhibiting artists: Mazahir Hussain
, a queer South Asian illustrator representing brown bodies from a romantic perspective; Olivia Mansfield
, a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the female figure and whose practice is rooted in classical painting, philosophy, folklore, mythology and symbolism; and lastly Shane Sutherland
, a London-based digital artist exploring blackness and queerness identity, utilising both analogue and digital processes to regenerate power within the Black subject.