The work in “My Velvet Shadow” seeks to bridge the gap between two queer generations that were disconnected by the invisibility the AIDS epidemic bestowed upon an entire generation. Presented alone in the devastating aftershock of a gay plague, the subjects of these works exist/survive in unguarded vulnerable states surrounded by a host of disparate appropriations that act as a twisting road map for the preservation of queer culture. Instead of radical sexualization or earnest intimacy, the work adopts revelatory beauty to salve the scabs and scars of inherited trauma.

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View the exhibition “My Velvet Shadow” at CLAMP.