In Conversation with iO TILLETT WRIGHT
– author of ‘Darling Days’
Date: Tuesday 11th October / Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. BUY TICKETS
A bold and brilliant New York memoir of an unfettered childhood in the Lower East Side of the 1980s. Photographer, writer, film maker, activist and actor iO Tillett Wright talks to The Archivists artist in residence Sarah Kosar about iO’s new book. Sarah will be in conversation with iO on the 11th October at The Archivist – Tickets are £6 and available to buy here.
(Please note this is a BYOB Event)
“Gender-defying iO Tillett Wright mixes such a high-octane cocktail of radiant ink, wild anecdotes, bad behavior, and gritty truths-topped off with an unexpected tonic of transcendence-it could stagger Charles Dickens, electrify Maxim Gorky, and cause Jane Austen to walk around in army boots.” — Tom Robbins
Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous superstars, and strung-out sufferers, ground zero of drag and performance art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than iO’s mother’s. Rhonna, a showgirl and young widow, was a mercurial, erratic glamazon. She was iO’s fiercest defender and only authority in a world with few boundaries and even fewer indicators of normal life. At the center of Darling Days is the remarkable relationship between a fiery kid and a domineering ma—a bond defined by freedom and control, excess and sacrifice; by heartbreaking deprivation, agonizing rupture, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
iO gave an 18 minute speech at TEDxWomen at the United States Institute of Peace, in Washington DC. The talk discusses the issue of boxes, and human beings existing outside of the dangerous binaries that society tries to put them in.