1 Minute 1 Work: Beautiful People

1 Minute 1 Work: Beautiful People

David Wojnarowicz believed that drag queens are 'true revolutionaries' who colourfully disrupt the 'visual codes of gender.' A provocative figure in the New York City art world of the 1980s, Wojnarowicz was a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist and activist.

Curator Vincent Honoré narrates the unfolding of Wojnarowicz' final film Beautiful People (1988). The film, made in collaboration with Jesse Hultberg, follows Hultberg as he makes himself up, leaves the city and disappears, fully clothed, into a lake, the world erupting into technicolour as he does so. Honoré recognises the beauty and socio-political significance of this work, made 'at the climax of the aids crisis'.

Time Period:

20th century

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