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Imagine Otherwise is an anthology of books on queer, non-binary, or female-identifying artists who have produced a substantial body of work but may have no publication concerning their art or life in print at the time of commissioning. The series—a living archive and a modular score emphasizes the concept of "female worlding" at its center, presenting books that serve as field guides into artistic lives that remain unexplored or inaccessible. The overall proposition, to “imagine” a world “otherwise,” stems from the desire to find a different way of looking, writing, and reading about art. To consciously create a form of publishing that allows art to be examined unreservedly, unburdened of the limits imposed by any perceived “dominant hand” of hegemony. Imagine if every book on art was authored or narrated via the distinct contours of the artist’s work and/or biography—the writer and artist guiding the reader through a personal lens, in their distinct voice, rarely conforming to a singular style. Each book in the series is conceived as an exploratory document and collaborative composition. Together, author and artist, dead or alive, propose acts of worldbuilding—fulfilling a dream to explode the sanctioned modes through which art is experienced in the collective imagination. (Commissioning Editors: Dr. Omar Kholeif and Caroline Schneider. Series Editor: Dr. Omar Kholeif. Editorial Advisory Group: Skye Arundhati-Thomas, Zoe Butt, Carla Chammas, Alison Hearst, and Professor Sarah Perks. Imagine Otherwise is a collaboration with
Imagine Otherwise

Tainted Love

Join Alex Coles alongside special guests Hannah Catherine Jones, Fraser Muggeridge and Savvy to discuss the key ideas from his latest book, Tainted Love.

Titled after Soft Cell’s version of the original 1965 Gloria Jones track, Tainted Love is the first book-length inquiry into the subject of the twisted romantic ballad, giving a sense of both its history and contemporary currency. Sometimes extreme, this twist to the conventional romantic ballad spans across gender and generational boundaries to subvert our understanding of both the genre’s function and its behavior. Each chapter of Tainted Love takes a deep dive into a single twisted ballad, examining both its inner workings—lyrics, melody, and vocal approach—and its broader cultural resonance. 

Thursday 30 Nov, 7pm
Zilkha Auditorium
Whitechapel Gallery

This is a ticketed event. Book your ticket here.



To mark the publication of Solitary, Tyler Coburn will be in conversation at three European events this October:

San Serriffe
Thursday 5 October, 8pm
In conversation with Becket MWN

Tuesday 10 October, 6pm
In conversation with Cliff Lauson

Friday 13 October, 6pm
In conversation with In-Young Yeo


On the Benefits of Friendship

Critic, author, and art historian Isabelle Graw will be in conversation with curator Mark Godfrey on the occasion of the recent release of On the Benefits of Friendship, Graw’s diaristic novel on the purposes and struggles of friendship in competitive social milieus. The longtime friends will discuss how their environments, interpersonal relationships, and questioning of normative structures impact their work.

After the talk, Graw will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.

Wednesday 4 October, 7pm
Gagosian Shop
Burlington Arcade

Register to attend here.

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