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Johanna Hedva Your Love Is Not Good

Johanna Hedva & Uma Breakdown In Conversation

88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
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The Box, Ground Floor


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Join us for an intimate in-conversation with writer and artist Johanna Hedva, and artist Uma Breakdown as they discuss queerness, disability and the horror genre. This special event brings the artists together at a key moment: the recent publishing of Hedva’s Your Love Is Not Good and Uma’s upcoming solo exhibition at FACT (20 October 2023 - 28 January 2024).

This event will begin with a reading from EARTH A.D. ZINE by Uma, followed by a reading from Your Love Is Not Good by Hedva. Following the readings, there will be a discussion between the artists with an opportunity to ask questions.

Johanna Hedva's Your Love Is Not Good will be available to buy at the event for £16.99, courtesy of The Dead Ink Bookshop.

Access Information

  • This event takes place in The Box on the ground floor of FACT. FACT and The Box are both fully wheelchair accessible.

  • Live captions will be transcribed during the event.

  • BSL (British Sign Language) will not be available during this event.

  • FACT does not have all gender toilets. Toilets can be found on the Ground Floor.

  • There is no parking available on site, however, there are several car parks nearby (Heathfield Street, Seel Street and Mount Pleasant). If you are travelling by public transport, Liverpool Central station is a 5-7 minute walk, Lime Street Station is a 10-15 minute walk, and there are bus stops on Leece Street, Renshaw Street and Berry Street that are a 2-3 minute walk from FACT and serve all major bus routes around the city.

  • This event will be filmed and uploaded with open captions to FACT’s YouTube channel to watch back afterwards.

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About Your Love Is Not Good

At an otherwise forgettable party in Los Angeles, a queer Korean American painter spots a woman who instantly controls the room: gorgeous and distant and utterly white, the centre of everyone’s attention. Haunted into adulthood by her Korean father’s abandonment of his family, as well as the spectre of her beguiling, abusive white mother, the painter finds herself caught in a perfect trap. She wants Hanne, or wants to be her, or to sully her, or destroy her, or consume her, or some confusion of all the above. Since she’s an artist, she will use art to get closer to Hanne, beginning a series of paintings with her new muse as model. As for Hanne, what does she want? Her whiteness seems sometimes as cruel as a new sheet of paper. When the paintings of Hanne become a hit, resulting in the artist’s first sold-out show, she resolves to bring her new muse with her to Berlin, to continue their work, and her seduction. But, just when the painter is on the verge of her long sought-after breakthrough, a petition started by a Black performance artist begins making the rounds in the art community, calling for the boycott of major museums and art galleries for their imperialist and racist practices. Torn between her desire to support the petition, to be a success, and to possess Hanne, the painter and her reality become more unstable and disorienting, unwilling to cut loose any one of her warring ambitions, yet unable to accommodate them all. Is it any wonder so many artists self-destruct so spectacularly? Is it perhaps just a bit exciting to think she could too? Your Love Is Not Good stuffs queer explosive into the cracks between identity and aspiration, between desire and art, and revels in the raining debris.

"Impassioned, wry, compassionate, and hell-raising. A resplendent and fearless book. Must read." - Kirkus starred review

"A gripping, tightly plotted novel characterized by a trenchant exploration of race, queer desire, and power dynamics in the art world." - frieze

"A major achievement." - Harry Dodge

About Earth A.D.

Earth A.D. is an expansive body of work by artist Uma Breakdown that spans installation, writing and video games. The work draws on the artist's research into ongoing collective repair and takes inspiration from the Gothic genre to present alternative approaches to care, technology, reality, and time. Co-produced by Wysing Arts Centre, FACT and QUAD, Uma brings a new iteration of the work to FACT from 20 October 2023 for their solo exhibition. Alongside a multimedia installation for visitors to enjoy, Uma presents online artwork Low Estate (2023) where players are invited to navigate as the last survivor of a world-changing event.

Artist Biographies

Johanna hedva

Johanna Hedva is a Korean American writer, artist, and musician, who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. Hedva is the author of the novels Your Love Is Not Good and On Hell, as well as Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain, a collection of poems, performances, and essays. Their albums are Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House and The Sun and the Moon. Their work has been shown internationally, and their essay “Sick Woman Theory,” published in 2016, has been translated into 11 languages.

Uma Breakdown Earth AD Installation view at Wysing Arts Centre Photo by W Speller 1

Uma Breakdown, Earth A.D. (2022-). Installation view at Wysing Arts Centre. Photo by W Speller

Uma Breakdown is a disabled artist, writer, and award winning game designer interested in animals, horror, and queer feminist literature. Everything they make is about some combination of love, grief, hallucination, and an excess of joy. With Belladonna Paloma they make video games about the divine and occult providence of transfemme existence. Recent projects include The Speculative Dismemberment of Agent Leon Kennedy for Market Gallery (Glasgow, 2022), Hinterlands at Baltic (Gateshead 2022), The Joy of Destruction for Backlit (Nottingham, 2023), Elan Vitale for Container Magazine (Bristol, 2023). They are currently finishing The Well of Sickness Shimmering, a video game about holy wells made with Bella Paloma due to launch at the 2023 Overkill festival in the Netherlands.

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