Presented by writer Isabel Waidner at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Class, Queers and the Avant-Garde was an event interrogating queerness and class in interdisciplinary writing and publishing in the UK, featuring presentations by Mojisola Adebayo, Ray Filar, Roz Kaveney, Huw Lemmey, and Kashif Sharma-Patel, in May 2019.
Departing from a new text by Waidner commissioned by the ICA on the occasion of the I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker exhibition (1 May – 5 August 2019), Class, Queers and the Avant-Garde explored the ongoing marginalisation of interdisciplinary working class, LGBTQI+, Black and POC writers in relation to the historical elitism of the British publishing establishment. The rise of alternative publishing and community-building practices (e.g. The 87 Press, Montez Press, Dostoyevsky Wannabe) which underpin the current moment were also discussed.
“Class, Queers and the Avant-Garde“, commissioned essay by Isabel Waidner, Institute of Contemporary Arts
“Class, queers and the avant-garde in new British writing with Caspar Heinemann and Isabel Waidner” by Isabel Waidner, AQNB
“Review: Class, Queers and the Avant-Garde at the ICA” by Polly Hember, Decorating Dissidence