Alberto García del Castillo
‘Retrospective’ (SP052)

Alberto Garcia del Castillo Shelter Press
Alberto Garcia del Castillo Shelter Press
Alberto Garcia del Castillo Shelter Press

Alberto García del Castillo ‘Retrospective’


58 pages
11 x 18 cm
black & white
perfect bound / soft cover
first edition of 1,000 copies

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B. Boofy and William Bonifay, Lars Laumann, Jurgen Ots, César Segarra

Copyediting and proofreading:
Liz Allan and Marnie Slater

Bartolomé Sanson

Wallonie-Bruxelles International and RUPERT

About the book

Alberto García del Castillo’s first novel, Retrospective, is a comedy-science-fiction novelette about ‘faggotry’ and the art world; depicting a retour-au-passé in contemporary painting and waving to some of the most beautiful homosexuals on Earth. Flaunting otherness, the alert reader can follow a clerk of The Land of Sculptures whilst he encounters the pretty faces of The Painter, The Foreign Painter, The Tyrolese Painter and other people doing art. Retrospective includes “Thumbs-Up”, a superficial analysis of the normalisation of gayness; “Why Homos Are Better”, a masterpiece of investigative journalism in two parts, that originally appeared in Agony 2 (circa 1988–93), a zine edited by B. Boofy and William Bonifay; a drawing by Jurgen Ots; a photograph by César Segarra; and a poem by Lars Laumann.

Download the first chapter in PDF

About the author

Alberto García del Castillo writes genre fiction and non-fiction about communities and queer, performs his own and other people’s writings, and collaborates in multiple configurations. He has published his writing in Girls Like Us, co-edited Midpoint (Théophile’s Papers, 2016) and his debut novel Retrospective was published by Shelter Press (2014). Alongside Marnie Slater, is the co-curator of Buenos Tiempos, Int.


CAC, Vilnius (25 Nov. 2014)
Etablissement d’en face, Brussels (13 Dec. 2014)
ERG (Ecole de Recherche Graphique), Brussels (16 Jan. 2015)
Super Salon, Warsaw (19 Mar. 2015)
San Serriffe, Amsterdam (16 Apr. 2015)
J’En Suis J’Y Reste (LGBTQIF Centre), Lille (9 Jun. 2015)
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (13 Jun. 2015). Curated by Nieuwe Vide.
Treignac Project, Treignac (31 Jul. 2015). Curated by DATE.
La Cambre, Brussels (12 Oct. 2015)
Horseandpony Fine Arts, Berlin (19 Jan. 2016)
X Bienal de Nicaragua, Managua (14 Feb. 2016)
AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (20 May 2016)


Previously published chapters

Kopioitu (Brussels: Komplot, 2013)
YEAR magazine (Brussels: Komplot, 2013)