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As Empathic As It Is Unfaithful: An Illustrated Talk on Drawing

Adam Benmakhlouf
As Empathic As It Is Unfaithful: An Illustrated Talk on Drawing
Tuesday 8 December 2020, 6–7.30pm

Artist Adam Benmakhlouf will share how they use drawing as a means of recording and imagining alternative and radical kinds of relationships, sexualities and lifestyles. Adam’s drawings and experimental comics record their lived experiences of camp friendship, gender nonconformity and attempts to love, work and/or live with one another as queer people of colour with complex trauma. For this illustrated talk, Adam will create an expanded drawing collage as a visual aid that will sometimes work with their verbal presentation, but also depart and challenge the points spoken aloud. Audiences will also be prompted at points to draw using any materials around, as an invitation to picture anew and reflect on the relationships that make us using line, gesture and mark making.

Part of the series of events to accompany the exhibition Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020.

This event is free and open to all. Places can be booked via Eventbrite.
After booking a space participants will be sent a link to join the Zoom video call.

During the event audiences will be invited to draw in response to prompts suggested by Adam and are asked to have their preferred drawing material to hand if they wish to participate (eg. pencil and paper).

Adam Benmakhlouf (they/them) is a documentary fantasist working in drawing, sound, writing, teaching and programming. Committedly manifold, in their practice they embody and experimentally represent nuanced strategies of world-building formed out of necessity and hope by BIPOCs and queers.


This project accompanies the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020, 13 November – 19 December 2020 at Cooper Gallery.

Venue Information


Participants are not required to download any software to join. The workshop requires internet access. For access enquiries please contact

Image credit: Adam Benmakhlouf, bent together, 2020.