|I had the pleasure of seeing Paul's fantastic paintings right before they were shipped to Galerie Zürcher in Paris.|
|Thankfully, AIDS is no longer a death sentence. Paul's paintings would take on an entirely different meaning if he were painting them 25 years ago. Time changes the way we interpret everything. Nothing is timeless because our ideas and attitudes keep shifting and changing alongside the world we inhabit. |
Leo Bersani wrote an incredible essay during the height of the AIDS epidemic, called Is The Rectum a Grave? Bersani is one of the most riveting theorists I've encountered, with his beautiful and unorthodox writing style as well as his no bullshit, incisive powers of analysis, he turns theory into an art form. Is The Rectum a Grave? helped elucidate so much of the injustice and homophobia that surrounded the AIDS epidemic. Before reading that essay, I wasn't aware of how deeply the cruelty and injustice pervaded popular culture at the time. I was baffled by how the media coverage was aimed at heterosexual groups who were at the time at low risk, and excluded the high-risk groups almost entirely.