Failed States is a publishing and event-engendering project that collates and investigates ideas around place, or more specifically: indeterminate geographies. As a continually evolving mode of research — in its oblique approach to geography, openness to possibility and curiosity as to what discrete responses might collectively revealFailed States is endeavouring to imagine, occupy and furnish another kind of space.

Each themed issue of the Failed States journal is an assemblage of innovative text and image by emerging and established writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers and academics. Rather than cultivate a house style, we strive to publish content that varies widely in intent, tone and realisation. Read more…

Issues

issue no.3: refuge

With contributions from Alex Bennett, Britt Hill, Bryony Quinn, Colter Jacobsen, Every Ocean Hughes, Felix Bazalgette, Gareth Evans, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Jamie Atherton, Jasleen Kaur, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Joanne McNeil, Lucy Atherton, Moath Alofi, Paul Clinton, Prem Sahib, Sabelo Mlangeni, Sam Williams, Todd Bura, and William Kherbek. Read more…

issue no.2: suburb

With contributions from Ayesha Malik, Baneen Mirza, Brian W. Ferry, Bryony Quinn, Charles Atlas, Colter Jacobsen, Daniel P Callanan, Donal Mosher, Ian Giles, Jack Self, Jacques Bellavance, Jenny Lin, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Josh Cheon, Justinien Tribillon, Karen Tongson, KT Browne, Matt Wolf, Nina Power, Olivia Laing, Peter Nencini, Sabelo Mlangeni, Tara Sinn, Thabiso Sekgala, Unity Queer Skateboarding, and Wayne Koestenbaum. Read more…

issue no.1: island

With contributions from Anh Do, Beth Bramich, Bryony Quinn, Cally Spooner, Calvin Seibert, Carrie Friese, Doris Ho-Kane, Eli Diner, Euan Macdonald, Fiona Churchman, Gabriella Beckhurst, Isabel Taube, Jasleen Kaur, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Jesse Hewitt, Joseph Curran, Joyce Dixon, Julie Lindow, Lucy Watson, Luke O’Sullivan, Martin John Callanan, Mary Hannity, Mary Manning, Matt Connors, Matt Wolf, Monique Mouton, Niki Ford, Nina Schack Kock, Olivia Laing, Oscar Gaynor, Paul Clinton, Richard Dodwell, Sam Ashby, Sam Williams, and Thea Smith. Read more…

Events

A Map to Fall Through

Arcade East, London
Friday, 23 August 2019

Failed States presents an expedition through the intertwined terrains of place and identity: a miscellany of talks, poetry, discussion, screenings and sound performance. Artists, writers and activists explore shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city. Read more…

Refuge launch

The Chateau, London
Friday, 3 May 2019

The Chateau — tucked into the basement of a hotel in Camberwell, south London — has established itself as one of the most inspiring new queer spaces to open in the city in recent years. Distinguished by a series of extravagantly camp stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes, it provides a fitting place in which to expand upon the ‘refuge’ theme with readings and performance. Read more…