RAM Talk: More Than a Guided Tour: A Love Letter to the DeceasedOct 15, 2016 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
About the event
Three decades ago, AIDS began to shake the American society and art field, affecting the community of openly homosexual creative artists not only physically but also politically. Although the lethal disease destroyed a community, it also inspired one of the most efficient political campaigns in the 20th century, a campaign led by artists that ended up in pushing the contemporary art further away from the orthodox art. Some homosexual artists whose lives were tragically cut short, such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, left us with numerous works for commemorating, narrating or protesting against this devastation, triggering a public debate over the homosexual and heterosexual identities. In this guided tour, I’m going to share with my audience the impacts of the homosexual identity and AIDS on the art in the late 20th century. In particular, by introducing the melancholy and poetic works of Gonzalez-Torres, I will talk about the enormous impact of AIDS on the culture both in the past and nowadays.
About the speaker
Xiong Xiaomo, a media worker and photographer, is now Chief Editor of the Chinese editions of the IDEAT magazine and The Good Life magazine. He has been posting statements and arguments on China’s social media that are closely related to identity politics and ideology, and has engaged in and influenced some radical online discussions as an openly gay. He has repeatedly challenged unwritten rules of China’s periodical publications for by initiating homosexuality-related contemporary cultural topics in his two magazines.
Free admission, reservation is required.