Two similar scenarios played out 10,000 miles apart have very different consequences in Bilimankhwe Arts retelling of Love on Trial, which intercuts Stanley Kenani’s Caine Prize-nominated story of illegal homosexuality in Malawi with the press frenzy surrounding British singer George Michael’s 1998 arrest for ‘lewd conduct’ in an LA public toilet.
Somewhere out there in the future a woman called Emma and a sentient vacuum cleaner called Hooverdroid have fallen in love. This future-queer love affair brings joy, heartache, hard-drive overload and internment… Against all the odds a biobot-hoover-baby is born. It's an absolute scandal.
Gavin Dobson is a London based illustrator. Initially training in Fine Art at Middlesex University, his artwork is inspired by a huge love of Graphic Novels and American comic books, in particular of the 1980’s.