Materials of Survival – Every AIDS Obituary

Every AIDS Obituary. This image was featured in the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival’s Glitter Bomb show  We read the obituaries as the epidemic grew Wondering whose mortality would be documented next So many deaths blended together Too much to bear Our collective mood darkened For many, the revolution of […]

Glitter Bomb - Every AIDS Obituary

Every AIDS Obituary.

This image was featured in the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival’s Glitter Bomb show 

We read the obituaries
as the epidemic grew
Wondering whose mortality
would be documented next

So many deaths blended together
Too much to bear
Our collective mood darkened

For many, the revolution of ‘96
was too late

Today, an undeclared armistice
The living making sense of our lives

This work takes the several thousand of obituaries that were published in the Bay Area Reporter between 1982 and 2005 of those who dies from AIDS. 

Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Obituaries – ©Bay Area Reporter