Following strangers, we turn to the people our lives are first entangled with: our families. Family is a contested and challenging space for some, while being a place where others find sanctuary, safety, and profound relationships. This episode considers different expectations and realities of love, care and identity within biological and chosen families, and asks how we intentionally nurture, negotiate and shift our family relationships.

How and why do artists involve their family members and homes in their work – and what do they need to take into consideration when bringing this to an audience?

Featuring an original sound work by Angelo Madsen Minax, an interview with Hetain Patel, audio excerpts from projects led by Helen Cammock and Rehana Zaman from the Serpentine archive, and Serpentine curator Lizzie Graham in conversation with Gaylene Gould.

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Hosted by Gaylene Gould

Produced by Katie Callin (Reduced Listening)

Production support by Nada Smiljanic (Reduced Listening)

Executive production by Anishka Sharma (Reduced Listening)

Curated by Hanna Girma and Fiona Glen

Mix engineering by Jesse Lawson (Reduced Listening)

Theme music by Hinako Omori

Visual identity by the unloved

Reading from the introduction to adrienne maree brown’s Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation (2021, AK Press).


Serpentine Podcast: Intimacies explores the complexities of closeness, and asks how we can expand and evolve our intimacy with others, ourselves, and the world around us. Join our host, Gaylene Gould, as she gathers perspectives from artists, designers, writers, thinkers, and more on how we can rekindle trust, and open ourselves up to new possibilities for connection.

Confronting the slippery topics of fear, vulnerability, sex, love and loneliness in art and life, the Intimacies series delves into the feelings and experiences which we don’t always voice – from our relationships with family or strangers, to the things we fear most and our deepest desires, to our surroundings and our innermost selves. Each episode combines interviews, original audio works, conversations, and pieces from the Serpentine archive. This series itself is personal, emotional, reflective, and an exploration of vulnerability in many ways. 

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