Giulia Astesani (b.1987) is an artist, lecturer and PhD candidate at Royal College of Art, she lives and work in London. Astesani’s current work and research is centred on how queer bodies navigate the ambivalent feelings of needing recognition while searching for different narratives of happiness. Through an expanded performative and writing practice, her work engages with an active process of archiving queer lives while critically questioning contemporary representations of queerness. Drawing from feminist and queer theory, archival material, pop culture and autobiographical fragments, it focuses on queer women and the gender non-conforming. In her work, she prioritises the use of feeling and emotions as valuable tools for research, proposing strategies of unknowing, un-doing and unbecoming in opposition to oppressive normative narratives of progress, success and happiness.