Ciné Lumière, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DW Thursday 30 May 2024, 7pm Price: £13, £11 conc.

Serpentine Cinema presents Paul B. Preciado‘s Orlando, My Political Biography, accompanied by a conversation between Paul B. Preciado and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine.

In 1928, Virginia Woolf wrote Orlando: A Biography, the first novel in which the main character changes sex in the middle of the story. A century later, philosopher, trans activist and filmmaker, Paul B. Preciado, sends a letter to Woolf in Orlando, My Political Biography. Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, Preciado reflects on how Woolf’s fictional character, Orlando, has transcended literature to become reality. Preciado explores the transformation of Orlando’s body as a symbol that resonates with trans and non-binary individuals worldwide.

“Every Orlando,” Preciado says, “is a transgender person who is risking his, her or their life on a daily basis as they find themselves forced to confront government laws, history and psychiatry, as well as traditional notions of the family and the power of multinational pharmaceutical companies.”

The screening will be accompanied by a conversation between Paul B. Preciado and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine.

Presented in collaboration with Institut Français du Royaume-Uni.

BSL interpretation is available on request for all our programmes. Please get in touch at [email protected] if you would like to request this.

 

Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos, Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine; Diane Gabrysiak, Head of Programming and Exhibition, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni; Daisy Gould, Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine and Eva Speight, Curatorial Assistant, Live Programmes, Serpentine.

Production Coordinator: Isobel Peyton Jones

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