Since 1991 I have used photography as the vehicle for discourses on sexuality. Beginning with the sex and money project, the metaphoric images of gogo dancers with cash belts were used to posit a bridge between the viewer, the concept of sexuality and it's relation to money. Next in the book Prometheus, the topic transposes to sexuality and racism. I redirect the Greek myth of the creation of man from the Caucasus to his known anthropological origins in Africa. By producing sensuous portraits of African-American men, I aimed to modulate the cultural image of both God and creation from the white marble to the black skin. The trilogy on sexuality will close with a book on the topic of Sex and Power which I'm working on.
Certain that if art has the power to liberate people of their prejudices, I believe that self-awareness requires the analysis of sexuality. Sex has to be understood and not just looked at as tabu material or as a commodity , objectified and but not really discussed. It's time to grow up, to be able to talk openly about ourselves without fear of being labeled and dismissed.
Lately I've been questioning the transformative power of art versus direct engagement on social issues that matters to me. So in parallel to working on my new book, I've became very much evolved with ACT UP NY. Activism, like photography can produce instant gratification. Well perhaps not instant like a digital image, but you can see the transformation happening pretty quick.
While my art work deals with sexuality the community work on HIV with ACT UP seems like a perfect fit to me, and regardless of which way of operating is more successful both fulfill a desire of being present and trying to change things for the better.
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NYC May 30, 2015