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November 2019
‘You Want It Darker’

Catalogue essay for Liliane Tomasko’s solo exhibition dark goes lightly at Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, 21 October – 18 December 2019.

︎ Read an extract
︎ More information on the exhibition via Château La Coste

︎ Buy the book via Kerlin Gallery



October 2019

‘Curating the Club:
Curatorial Approaches to Club Culture’

Dissertation for MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins (2019). 

︎ Read the Abstract


August 2019 | Paper Visual Art
‘Christopher Mahon’

Longform review-essay on Christopher Mahon’s Couched at Project Arts Centre and RGKS Cribs event.

︎ Read the essay via Paper Visual Art 



June 2019 | Babette
‘Is there smoke in the room?’

Text-based artwork, included in I AM SO MULTIPLE IN NIGHTS, curated by Pádraic E Moore at The Pool, SB34, Brussels.

‘Is there smoke in the room?’ is a series of letters addressed to the experimental writer Anna Kavan (1901–1968), who tried to develop a form of ‘nocturnal writing’, governed by subconscious thought. I exhibited it under the pseudonym ‘Babette’.

Artist list: Mehraneh Atashi / Babette / Fiona Hallinan / Allen Jones / Graham Kelly / Perri MacKenzie / Liam Morrow / Gregory Polony / Sophie Varin.

︎ Exhibition leaftlet
︎ About Babette





February 2019 | Hyperallergic

‘An Intimately Filmed Portrait of a Willfully Fragmented and Mutable Persona‘

Review of GLUE by Oisin Byrne & Gary Farrelly, at CCA Goldsmiths

︎ Read the article via Hyperallergic



August 2017 | Babette
‘Radical Reinvention: The Making of Edwige Belmore’

An essay on model, punk musician and gatekeeper of 70s/80s nightlife Edwige Belmore, who burned all her clothes in a bid for self-invention.

︎ Read it here
︎ About Babette


October 2018 | Babette

‘What’s Lutz Got to Do With It’

An essay about Lutz Bacher that ended up becoming an essay about Tina Turner

︎ Read it here
︎ About Babette



August 2017 | Babette
‘Bobby “O”, Hi-NRG and the expression of queer desire’

An essay about The Flirts, why Hi-NRG disco is defensible, why Bobby “O” is queer (even if he’s not).

︎ Read it here
︎ About Babette





March 2015 | The Gloss Magazine

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen interview

I interviewed Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen about their new flagship The Row boutique in Los Angeles.



May 2015 | Totally Dublin #128
Petra Collins interview

Interview with photographer Petra Collins about her book Babe.

︎Read the interview via Totally Dublin



June 2014 | Totally Dublin #117

John Cooper Clarke interviewIn which I ask one of my all-time heroes, John Cooper Clarke, if he’s a bit of a romantic. I can still hear the Salford drawl of his reply: “To a SADISTIC degree, Rosa”

︎ Read the interview via Totally Dublin



November 2011 | THREAD
Skye Parrott interview

Interview with photographer, editor and co-founder of Dossier Skye Parrott for THREAD #2: One Thing Leads To Another.

︎ Read the interview via THREAD



September 2014
‘Full Circle: The Pop Cultural Orbit of Theosophical Thought’

Catalogue essay for A Modern Panarion: Glimpses of Occultism in Dublin, curated by Pádraic E. Moore at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 19 June – 7 September 2014. The essay discusses artworks from the exhibition (by Derek Jarman, Gunilla Klingberg, Bea McMahon, Richard Proffitt, Garrett Phelan and Dorje De Burgh) in the context of the Theosophical Sociey, 70s sci-fi television shows and pop culture.

︎ Image via Peter Maybury, who designed the book beautifully



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