Fleur Pierets: Julian

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Tuesday 16 July 2024

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Fleur Pierets and her wife Julian wanted to get married in all the countries where same sex marriage was legal. Julian died after their fourth wedding…

What started as a beautiful act of LGBTQ+ protest art quickly turned to tragedy when Belgian artist and activist Fleur Pierets suddenly and unexpectedly lost her wife Julian P. Boom to brain cancer. In 2017, the soulmates were embarking on a special project they had conceived – “Project 22” – so named after the number of countries which had legalised same sex marriage at the time. With an ambitious plan to marry in every country on the list, the pair only managed to cross off New York, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Paris, before Julian received her devastating diagnosis. Shortly after, she died.

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In the years since, the number of countries to recognise same sex marriage has risen to 34 and similarly, Fleur Pierets’ love for her late wife has only increased. Amidst such loss, Fleur finds solace through her writing, art practice and LGBTQ+ activism, resulting in this stunning debut memoir which simply but poetically traces the limits of what grief can do to a person.

 

Julian is also an uplifting recounting of two women in love – from the exciting, early days of their relationship to its untimely ending. Fleur’s late wife Julian can be felt on every page, reminding us that no one ever really dies; it is memory which keeps us all alive.

 

At once devastating and uplifting, Fleur turns grief into art, in a LGBTQ+ reimagining of Joan Didion’s ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’. The book is currently being adapted into a film by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Lukas Dhont. Translated from Flemish into English for the first time by Elisabeth Kahn, Julian also marks the debut nonfiction title from fairtrade indie publisher 3TimesRebel Press, whose ethos can be explained as three-fold rebel: only translations from minority languages; only works by women; and only books which deal with challenging themes.

 

This event is supported by Flanders Literature as part of their Flip Through Flanders programme 

      

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Fleur Pierets

Fleur Pierets is an award-winning Belgian performance artist, writer, speaker and LGBTQ+ activist whose work balances between photography and theory, performance and non-fiction. Together with her wife, Julian P. Boom,...

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