Founded in 2014, Orlando is an independent platform focusing on the visual arts and its intersections with cultural criticism and sociopolitics. The name is derived from the transgressive protagonist of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, and signals a particular investment in feminist and queer politics. Working within the margins of fluidity and empathetic evolution, Orlando eschews all binaries in favour of the radical and united body. Orlando seeks to nurture an intersectional and polyphonic discourse that is liberated, incisive, and critically engaged. Motivated by introducing rising voices in addition to working with the established, Orlando is experimental in tone and format, ranging from conversations, essays, interviews, and reviews, to fiction, scripts, and poetry, and publishing and responding to work made by artists in all mediums.
The print magazine is thematic and published annually, whereas the online content functions as an ongoing interdisciplinary conversation. Orlando also organise public events, including film screenings, performances, readings, and workshops. The magazine has been stocked in art spaces, bookshops, and public libraries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, and the USA, and has presence at national and international book and magazine fairs.
Since its inception, Orlando has collaborated with and received coverage from multiple publications, including Artworks London, Crack Magazine, Cureditor, Dazed Beauty / Dazed Digital, Elephant, Huck, i-D, Icon Magazine, LN-CC, Refinery29 UK, Something Curated, Stack Magazines, and Twin Magazine. Orlando Issue 02 was included in the exhibition ‘PRINT! TEARING IT UP’ (June—August 2018) at Somerset House, which profiled ‘British independent magazines changing the world’. All print issues of Orlando to date were included in ‘Voyage Around My Room’ (March—May 2019) at Athens Municipality Art Center: an exhibition and educational programme inspired by the writing of Virginia Woolf.
Founding Editor and Publisher
Orlando welcomes submissions and/or potential opportunities regarding events, exhibitions, or publication projects. To discuss ideas, and for any other inquiries, please contact: email@example.com