intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

Kelly Banbury is a visualist, culturalist, and globe-trotter. She will be sharing personal photos from her side of the world exclusively for RE/Visionist every month.  Preparation for opening day of Oktoberfest 2011.  I’m warmed up, well informed, and most importantly (in)appropriately dressed for the occasion! Inside the Festzelt Tradition Tent in the historical portion of the Wiesn.  There are over 30 tents at the Oktoberfest, … Continue reading intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

David Wojnarowicz Censored on World AIDS Day

image courtesy of the Queer Cultural Center

Adding insult to injury, I got this news about the censorship of a David Wojnarowicz piece at the National Portrait Museum on World AIDS Day. David Wojnarowicz was an artist who passed away in 1992 due to AIDS-related illness; he used a variety of media, like collage, text, and video, to share his experiences as a working-class prostitute and young, gay man with a world that was largely not ready to hear these stories. He inspired me as a high school student while I attempted to use the art media around me to construct narratives that I didn’t find in the mainstream.

My fellow queer/feminist art enthusiast and librarian pro, Kate Angell, sent me this article by Blake Gopnik at the Washington Post. Gopnik makes great arguments against censorship in art and highlights a different interpretation of Wojnarowicz’s video piece in question, “A Fire in My Belly.” The piece is a 30-minute meditation on Peter Hujar, an artist, colleague, and former lover of Wojnarowicz’s, who also passed away due to AIDS complications. Continue reading “David Wojnarowicz Censored on World AIDS Day”