The Reading Room asks artists, researchers and creative practitioners to host workshops and reading sessions inspired by our collection of books from Pluto Press and Left Book Club.
For this session, Dr. Fiona Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Art History at Newcastle University hosts a film and collage workshop based around the ideas in Natalie Fiennes’ book Behind Closed Doors – Sex Education Transformed. Part of Pluto Press’ Outspoken Series, Fiennes’ book ‘invests in a radical, inclusive and honest sex education’ and identifies the ‘inequality that stands in the way of sexual freedom.’
Fiona looks at Behind Closed Doors through the lens of HIV/AIDS, exploring ways in which it is visible and invisible. Fiona will be identifying what is means to use HIV as a way into other subjects when looking at an archive.
Seating and refreshments available.
Fiona Anderson is Senior Art History Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at Newcastle University. Fiona’s research explores queer art and art history from the 1970s to the present, with a particular interest in queer art and art history in the context of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. Fiona is interested in how queer culture can be archived and preserved through art and writing.
In 2019 Fiona published the book, Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York’s Ruined Waterfront (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Fiona’s writing has also been published in Third Text, Performance Research, Journal of American Studies, and Oxford Art Journal.