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A Map to Fall Through: A programme of place and identity by Failed States

Arcade East
London College of Fashion
182 Mare Street
E8 3RE

Friday 23 August – 15:30 to 22:00

Failed States, the journal of indeterminate geographies, presents an expedition through the intertwined terrains of place and identity: a miscellany of talks, poetry, discussion, screenings and sound performance. Artists, writers and activists explore shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city.


  • Ben Walters on the fight to grant heritage status to queer spaces
  • Bryony Quinn on place names and naming places
  • A screening of Welcome to Harmondsworth and discussion with filmmaker Felix Bazalgette and one of the film’s subjects, Usman Khaled
  • New Orleans native, Imani Jacqueline Brown, considers ideas of home and place-based practice from the perspective of her current London location.
  • A screening of Jasleen Kaur’s I Keep Telling Them These Stories
  • A rare chance to see My Mother’s Place (1990) by Richard Fung, an experimental documentary focusing on the filmmaker’s 80 year-old Chinese-Trinidadian mother.
  • a reading by Richard Scott of his epic poem Oh My Soho! in its entirety for the first time in public
  • A screening of Rosa-Johan Uddoh’s Black Poirot and discussion between the artist and curator Philip Serfaty
  • The latest installment from Time is Away of their acclaimed NTS Radio show — an ongoing reflection on time, place, power and history-making, weaving together music, field recordings and spoken word

For the full line-up, further details and to register go to

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