Past Events

PMC Postdoc Lecture: Masculinity and Apocalypticism in Contemporary British Art

ECRN Events – Dr Edwin Coomasaru

  • 27 January 2022
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Online

This is an event for ECRN members only. You can find out more about the network here.

As the second speaker in our Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture Series, Edwin Coomasaru will present on his research project ‘Masculinity and Apocalypticism in Contemporary British Art’, funded by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the PMC.

What is the relationship between masculinity and apocalypticism in contemporary British art? This lecture will consider links between gender, sexuality, race, and ecology in Derek Jarman’s film The Last of England (1987), Imran Perretta’s video the destructors (2019), and Heather Phillipson’s installation RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach (2021). Armageddon as a cultural idea has long contained a series of conceptual contradictions: beginnings and endings, revelation and annihilation. Eschatological imagery has been contested by artists and politicians calling for a new world or a male saviour figure. Jarman, Perretta, and Phillipson reveal the role of collective violence in visions of national crisis.

Listing image: Still from Imran Perretta, the destructors, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.

About the speaker

  • Headshot of Edwin Coomasaru

    Edwin Coomasaru is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre, researching a project on masculinity and apocalypticism in British art between 1967 and 2020. In 2021 he worked as a Freelance Research Assistant on the Association for Art History’s resource portal dedicated to decolonial and anti-racist approaches to the discipline. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he co-convenes the Gender & Sexuality Research Group and is co-editing the book Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times for Courtauld Books Online. He has contributed to Third Text, British Art Studies, Oxford Art Journal, and the Barbican’s Masculinities (2020) exhibition catalogue.