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Jan 10, 2020

Sex Negative: Mal Journal Readings at Tate Modern

Join Mal Journal on 31 January for an evening of readings and discussion with Bhanu Kapil, Sasha Dugdale and Daisy Lafarge, part of Uniqlo Tate Lates

Join Mal Journal for Sex Negative, an evening of readings and a discussion programmed for the upcoming edition of Uniqlo Tate Lates at Tate Modern. 

As part of the evening's Art Chats segment, Mal contributing writers and poets Bhanu Kapil, Sasha Dugdale and Daisy Lafarge will explore sabotage as artistic practice and pain as conveyed in the work of Dora Maar, currently on show at the Tate Modern.

One of surrealism's icons, Dora Maar's provocative photography, photomontages, and social documentary projects are gathered for the first time in a large scale retrospective at Tate Modern. Maar's relationship with Pablo Picasso, immortalised by his portraits of her, including Weeping Woman 1937, has had a profound effect on their careers and legacy. Much more than being a muse, Maar documented his creation of Guernica 1937, and together they made a series of collaborative portraits.

Mal's contributors will consider the resonance of Dora Maar's work and its implications for female artistic practice, interrogating the figure of male genius. They will also read from work published in Mal.

Sasha Dugdale's sequence of poems Welfare Handbook based on the troubling writings of letter cutter and writer Eric Gill was published in Mal's Issue 4: Real Girls. Dugdale has published four collections of poetry, most recently Joy, which was a PBS Choice. Her translation of Russian poet Maria Stepanova’s War of the Beasts and the Animals is upcoming by Bloodaxe in 2020.

Daisy Lafarge's essay ‘Can you be a revolutionary and still love flowers?’ about floral femininity, botanical essentialism & ‘sexually deceptive’ orchids appeared in Mal Issue 3: PLANTSEX. Daisy Lafarge is a writer, artist and editor who was awarded an Eric Gregory Award by the Society of Authors in 2017 and was runner-up in the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her debut poetry collection and debut novel, Paul, which won a Betty Trask award in its unpublished form, are coming out from Granta in 2020. Paul is a ‘startling story about the quiet horror of passivity and the cage of being ‘good‘ and follows Frances, ‘a young English woman spending a summer volunteering in rural France, who comes under the influence of Paul, an older, dominant, charismatic man.’

Bhanu Kapil, whose ‘Seven Poems for Seven Flowers and Love in All Its Forms’ appeared in Issue 3: PLANTSEX, is the author of five books of poetry/prose. She writes across and beneath British, Indian and American spaces and writes a blog, The Vortex of Formidable Sparkles, which has reached over a million readers all over the world.

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