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Maria Fusco: A Belly of Irreversibles

  • Fri, 19 Feb 2021
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Maria Fusco live with Sean Edwards, chaired by Bluecoat's Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay.

Free, booking required

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Join us for a first ever live reading of A Belly of Irreversibles (2020), by writer Maria Fusco. This newly commissioned lyric essay accompanies Sean Edwards' Wales in Venice exhibition Undo Things Done at Bluecoat, Liverpool. In their respective practices as writer and artist, Fusco and Edwards both interrogate what it means to grow up ‘not expecting much’ and for this experience to shape expectations and be legible to others. Exploring ideas around working classness as a method (Fusco) and as a shared visual language (Edwards), the event also focuses on Maria Fusco's writing for stage, radio and publication.

This event takes place via Zoom.  Attendees will be emailed the Zoom link upon booking.

Maria Fusco - A Belly of Irreversibles was commissioned for Sean Edwards' artist book un un un un un un published by Bluecoat December 20202 and designed by Wayne Daly of Daly & Lyon.

un un un un un un is currently available from Bluecoat via for £5 + postage and will be in stock with Cornerhouse Publications Spring 2020.


Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer. Works across the registers of fiction, performance and theoretical writing, her award-winning work is translated into ten languages. Recent performance works include ECZEMA! (2018) a touring performance commissioned by National Theatre Wales to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Master Rock (2015) a repertoire for a mountain commissioned by Artangel and BBC Radio 4. Recent books include Give Up Art (2018) collected critical writings of which James Elkins has said "After a book like this, most nonfiction seems curiously unaware of what writing can be" and Legend of the Necessary Dreamer (2017) an ambient novella described by Chris Kraus as “a new classic of female philosophical writing”. She is Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at the University of Dundee.

Sean Edwards represented Wales at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 and was awarded the Turner Prize Bursary in 2020. He has been selected for the British Art Show 9 and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2021), Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2020) and past exhibitions at Ty Pawb, Wrexham, 2020, Network Aalst,  Limoncello, London ( both 2014), Chapter,  Cardiff (2013), Kunstverein Freiburg (2012) and Spike Island, Bristol (2011). Edwards graduated with an MA  from the Slade School of Art in 2005, and is currently Programme Director for Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design. Sean Edwards is represented by Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

Credits and Funders

Sean Edwards’ Wales in Venice 2019 Undo Things Done exhibition was presented by Bluecoat’s Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay, as guest curator on behalf of lead organisation Ty Pawb, Wrexham at 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Wales in Venice is commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales. The tour of Undo Things Done to Ty Pawb, Wrexham; Bluecoat, Liverpool (Lead Partner) and the Senedd, Cardiff is kindly supported by Art Fund, Colwinston Charitable Trust and The Elephant Trust. 

Image courtesy of Sean Edwards and Tanya Leighton Gallery. 

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