Xavier de la Roche
The project looks at Queer Space and ways of documenting it. Using etching as a methodology, parallels are drawn between the material qualities of queer space and the transient experiences they play host to. The gradual erosion of human existence is evidenced in marks on surfaces like floors or walls, which are recorded in high detail with latex, ink and plaster.
The proposal is a series of etchings, in paper and plaster, which depict the textural subtleties of different Queer Spaces across London. Mounted onto timber frames, a temporary architecture is presented which can be installed in Queer venues. The aim is to provide an alternative reading of space that centres on overlooked details. By focusing on the ephemeral qualities of space, like light reflections off tinsel or microscopic floor imprints, the material conditions of venues and the people who frequent them are recorded.