|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
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
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.