Gay Betrayals

Two Works Series Vol. 5.


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2022.

ISBN: 9783753302393 Category:

Leo Bersani, Hannah Quinlan, Rosie Hastings


In 1997, during a symposium at Centre Pompidou, Leo Bersani presented a prescient critique of the assimilative tendencies that made ‘gays melt into the very culture they like to think of themselves as undermining.’ Mired in micropolitics, for Bersani, queer activism had relinquished the radical task of reconfiguring the horizon of the possible. Later published as ‘Gay Betrayals’, Bersani’s intervention champions a truly disruptive vision of homosexuality, one that betrays the relational, identitarian and communitarian foundations of bourgeois heterosexual respectability through ‘antimonogamous promiscuity’.

Building on extensive artistic research into the politics of queer spaces and culture some 20 years later, artist duo Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings revisit Bersani’s polemic with a response in three acts. Through a kaleidoscopic array of drawings, preparatory sketches and egg tempera paintings, a narrative of everyday (homo)sociality comes into view. A series of statuesque figures are caught as they feel the outlines of existing power structures, try out new strategies of inclusivity and, ultimately, wrestle with the blurred lineaments of identity and community.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15 x 31 cm
Publisher name Walther & Franz K├Ânig
Publication date 18 October 2022
Number of pages 102
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15 x 31 cm
Weight 300 g


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Born 1991 in Newcastle and London respectively, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings live and work in South East London. Working across lm, drawing, installation, performance and fresco, Hannah and Rosie address the sociocultural and political structures that reinforce conservatism and discriminatory practices within and around the LGBTQ+ community.

Leo Bersani, * 1931 Bronx, New York, USA was an American academic.