Life After Death
Life After Death : Embracing the Queer Widow
Embracing the Queer Widow
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Life After Death: Embracing the Queer Widow  draws from the notion that we all have a story to tell, that our thoughts and experiences are valid and real. 

Over the past few decades the "Queer Community" has taken giant steps toward gaining freedom and recognition.  We have come together in the face of AIDS and have countered direct blows from a homophobic culture.  But, our battle, like all battles, has had it's share of casualties.

We scrambled for answers as we watched our friends and lovers die.  It happened so fast there was hardly time to mourn. 

Many who survived have found themselves standing alone in a clear-cut, with no badge of courage, no twenty-one gun salute and no flag presented with honor.  Instead we were minimized in obituaries, and often completely omitted.

"Life After Death: Embracing the Queer Widow" is a community oriented exhibition which celebrates life, confronts death and embraces the living through a collaboration of works created for, by and about members of the "Queer Community" whose partners/lovers have died.  By drawing from what they know, what they remember, and what they hope to be true, this group of Bay Area queer artists blend visual art and literary works to create the collective voice and face of the "queer widow". 

The project features the collaborative works of ; Tim Clare, Jim Cross, Chuck Forester, Yves Moralex, Douglas Morris, Dan Pillers, Mike Richards and Kerry Rutz, in a six week exhibition running from June 15th - July 28th, 2001 at SPACE 743, located at 743 Harrison St., in San Francisco.

Life After Death: Embracing the Queer Widow  is produced and curated by Dan Pillers/Fagart unlimited as part of The National Queer Arts Festival 2001. It is funded, in part, by a "Creating Queer Community Grant for Emerging Artists" a collaborative project of the Jon Sims Center, the Harvey Milk Institute and the Queer Cultural Center as part of the Gateway Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation. 


Exhibition Info    Vol.IV No.3 06/03/2001