In Conversation With IO Tillett Wright

Join The Archivist's Gallery in conversation with the photographer, writer, filmmaker activist and actor, iO Tillett Wright on his new memoir, Darling Days. iO will be in conversation with The Archivist's Artist in Residence, playwright and podcaster, Sarah Kosar. "If it doesn’t hurt like hell, it ain’t worth a jack,” are words from the author’s mother that form the epigraph to Darling Days. Darling Days is a bold and brilliant New York memoir of an unfettered childhood in the Lower East Side of the 1980s. At the center of the text 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. 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, strung-out sufferers, the 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. Doors open: 7pm. Event begins: 7:30pm. Please note this is a BYOB event.


The Archivist's Gallery, Haggerston

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