Arrows of Desire
Report by Pippa Brooks
For the Love of Saint Sebastian…
Manko and Espira are curating a show and programme of events in July at London’s Horse Hospital, called Arrows of Desire, celebrating and exploring Saint Sebastian. Thirty contemporary artists re-interpret the saint, in a two week run during London’s Pride celebrations.
Manko, who created the model-owned artmodelcollective.com, adores the seductive saint, and chose artists exploring Saint Sebastian through universal themes of sex, religion and persecution, focused around an LGBTQ+/ BDSM narrative. The saint has long held a fascination for artists, from his original religious context as an early Christian martyr, through to his androgynous eroticism as a gay icon. As well as the permanent exhibition, featuring, amongst others, artist and tattooist Henry Hate (pictured), there will be screenings of Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane and a life drawing session.
Friday 5th July - Saturday 20th July 2019
Monday - Saturday 12 - 6pm
The Horse Hospital
London WC1N 1JD
+44(0)207 833 3644