Created by New York-based brother and sister filmmakers Ira Sachs and Lynne Sachs, with designer Bernhard Blythe, Sofia Gallísa and Andrei Alupului, the art exhibition uses photos of the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where 18 HIV-positive artists were living at the time of their deaths.
The artists include: Patrick Angus, Reinaldo Arenas, John D. Brockmeyer, Howard Brookner, Ethyl Eichelberger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Hibiscus, Peter Hujar, Harry Kondoleon, Charles Ludlum, Jim Lyons, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cookie Mueller, Vito Russo, Assotto Saint, Ron Vawter and David Wojnarowicz.
Although these were among the most prominent late HIV-positive artists, they represent the unknown numbers of artists lost to AIDS. It’s a touching memorial to the artists, but it’s also a celebration of the continuing influence of these artists.
The exhibition is a companion to a live action short film by Ira Sachs.
Photo Credit: Mark De Solla Price