Your Love Is Not Good

Johanna Hedva and Legacy Russell

June 6, 2023, 6:30pm
Géza, 306 Maujer

Johanna Hedva is joined by curator and critic Legacy Russell in a conversation about Your Love Is Not Good, Johanna’s most recent novel published by And Other Stories.

Blending personal trauma, desire, professional ambition, and calls to decolonize art institutions, the novel “stuffs queer explosive into the cracks between identity and aspiration, between desire and art, and revels in the raining debris.” Legacy and Johanna will discuss from within these cracks.

Access to the ground-level event space is step-free and wheelchair accessible. If you have any specific access requirement, please contact by May 10, and we will make every effort to support you.

Johanna Hedva is a Korean American writer, artist, and musician, who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. Hedva is the author of the novels Your Love Is Not Good and On Hell, which was named one of Dennis Cooper’s favorites in 2018; as well as Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain, a collection of poems, performances, and essays. Their albums are Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House and The Sun and the Moon. Their writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, frieze, The White Review, Topical Cream, Spike, and is anthologized in Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art.
Their work has been shown in Berlin at Gropius Bau, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Klosterruine, and Institute of Cultural Inquiry; The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; Performance Space New York; Gyeongnam Art Museum in South Korea; the LA Architecture and Design Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon; and in the Transmediale, Unsound, and Rewire Festivals. Their essay “Sick Woman Theory,” published in 2016, has been translated into 11 languages.

Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the experimental new media, art, and performance institution The Kitchen. Formerly she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally.
Legacy is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow, a recipient of the 2021 Creative Capital Award, a 2022 Pompeii Commitment Digital Fellow, and a 2023 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow. Her first book is Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020). Her second book, BLACK MEME, is forthcoming with Verso Books.