David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Buffaloes), 1994


David Wojnarowicz was an artist, writer and AIDS activist who fought societal homophobia with his art. His work is pervaded by the frustration of not being able to belong to what was considered beautiful and fair. This position continually fluctuates between the desperate desire to be loved and the irresistible attraction to all that society condemns: homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, drugs, rebellion. So, let’s celebrate this month with some of his touchings words from his “Close to the Knives”,

“In loving him, I saw a cigarette between the fingers of a hand, smoke blowing backwards into the room and sputtering planes diving low through the clouds. In loving him, I saw men encouraging each other to lay down their arms. In loving him, I saw small-town laborers creating excavations that other men spend their lives trying to fill. In loving him, I saw moving films of stone buildings; I saw a hand in prison dragging snow in from the sill. In loving him, I saw great houses being erected that would soon slide into the waiting and stirring seas. I saw him freeing me from the silences of the interior life”.

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