Silence = Death

To mark World Aids Day (1 December) The Queer Dot screened an old VHS copy of the documentary ‘Silence = Death’. Made in 1990, the film opens violently as performance artist Emilio Cubeiro apparently shoots himself through his arsehole. From there the tone is set; one of anger, frustration, immense loss, and startling creativity. New York-based artists of the time are interviewed alongside their work, including Keith Haring whose deceptively simple cartoonish graffiti-style murals harked back to a simpler time of free-love. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was also featured within the film, as well as the idea that the ashes of the death should be sprinkled on the White House lawn.

Silence=Death took place at Generator Projects, 2 December 2019.

Words: Ana Hine

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