Lesbian Narcissus

TUESDAY 16 APRIL 18.00–19.30 

Rosanna McLaughlin (Writer and curator)

Rosanna will be reading and discussing Ariana and the Lesbian Narcissus new writing on Ariana Grande, desire, the bizarre history of the ‘lesbian narcissus’ trope in popular culture, and its role in the co-option of lesbianism.
Rosanna is an author and cultural critic from London. Her essays and art criticism have featured in frieze magazine, ArtReview, BOMB and The White Review, among other places. In 2017 she was writer-in-residence with the British Council Caribbean, researching the political fallout following the death of the artist Ana Mendieta. Double-Tracking, her collection of satirical essays and short fiction on middle-class duplicities, is published by Little Island Press in 2019.
She is co-founder of Slack Pussy, a reading group and archiving project dedicated to the writing of queer women. Between 2011 and 2013 she co-ran Hobbs Mclaughlin, a gallery in a London flat she shared with her partner Melissa Hobbs, and she has curated exhibitions at venues including Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (in collaboration with Skye Arundhati Thomas), and Cuba.basement, Rome (in collaboration with Marco Palmieri).
She is art editor at The White Review.