My name is Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] and I’m a writer and photographer from the UK. Born in Kingston-Upon-Hull at the end of history, I’m currently based in Huddersfield.
From 2010-13, I studied Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. Then, from 2016-17, I studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. The xenogothic blog was founded on 10th October 2017 as an excuse to keep writing after a traumatic postgraduate experience.
The name xenogothic was initially a joke — the expression of a long-held feeling that I’m not a very good goth. In wanting to finally embrace this imposter syndrome and explore it, xenogothic was adopted as a blogonym, and as a cipher through which to build new futures for (the) goth/ic to exist in.
In 2020, I published my first book, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher. This was followed by the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher in 2021. I’m currently working on a number of other book projects related to accelerationism, photography and subjectivity, psychoanalysis and adoption, and the psychedelic legacy of the American West.
When not blogging, I work as a writer, proofreader and editor, and have worked on a number of publications for Urbanomic and Repeater Books. I’ve previously held the role of exhibitions coordinator at Ffotogallery, BAFTA, and D&AD Festival, and my photographs have been exhibited and published around the UK, as well as in France and Japan.
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Matt Colquhoun is a writer and photographer from Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK. He is the author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher and the editor of Mark Fisher’s Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures. He blogs at xenogothic.com.