Florian Hynam

Pale blue handkerchief


Artist name

Florian Hynam



Artwork information

Cyanotype print, 14 x 14 inches


This piece celebrates creative communication of queer desire. It is part of an ongoing series exploring the hanky code, queer semiotics and the history of gay sex culture through the lens of hauntology. Reflecting on how sexuality today is shaped by the past. It is cyanotype on a white handkerchief using negatives of vintage porn and condoms, representing the colour “pale blue” in the hanky code which signifies Oral Sex.


About the artist

I am a multimedia artist working on themes of politics, folklore, anthropology, sociology and history. I work mainly in printmaking, alternative process photography and textiles. I frequently draw on my identity and experiences in navigating the world as a queer disabled person as subjects for my practice and challenge the perception of disability and queerness. I am interested in examining cultural structures and translating theoretical concepts and writings into visual art, I often view my practice as a visual essay in which I translate theory based content into a visual context.