Orlando: My Political Biography

Thu 30 May
Special Screenings

From acclaimed writer and activist Paul B. Preciado, Orlando: My Political Biography is a bold and joyous celebration of trans identity, told through the lens of Virginia Woolf’s iconic novel.

Woolf’s Orlando follows the centuries-spanning life of a young nobleman who awakens to find that they are a woman. Almost a century after its publication, Preciado claims that fiction has become reality and Orlando’s story lies at the root of all contemporary trans and non-binary life.

Told through a myriad of trans and non-binary voices living today – our new ‘Orlandos’ – this documentary offers a dazzling example of how life, poetry and gender can meet in search for truth.

“Every Orlando”, Preciado says, “is a transgender person who is risking his, her or their life on a daily basis as they find themselves forced to confront government laws, history and psychiatry, as well as traditional notions of the family and the power of multinational pharmaceutical companies.”

Special Screening

Followed by a conversation between Paul B. Preciado and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine


Next Showing

Ciné Lumière + Q&A

Presented in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery

Please get in touch at information@serpentinegalleries.org if you would like to request BSL interpretation.