Join VMG as we watch and discuss a performance by artist Michael Espinoza in honor of Day With(Out) Art 2020.
Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS (7 minutes, 2020) is a video ritual asking viewers to imagine the empty space left in the wake of a pandemic. Guiding the viewer through the meditative process of making small, individual stitches with narrow strands of floss, then culminating in the creation of an altar for artists who died from AIDS, artist Michael Espinoza (they/them) communicates the sadness and alone-ness of working without mentorship from an entire generation of queer visionaries. Some names of these artists serve as the soundtrack to this work. Embracing these figures as ancestors, Bound invites those of us who remain to search for inspiration in the memory of these ancestors and to offer our bodies to them on the altar of creativity, survival, and purpose.