The Rage to Live: Queer Film Legacies and the Work of David Wojnarowicz and Marlon Riggs
- Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter in David Wojnarowicz’s Life, 1989–1991
- Marion Scemama
- 78 DCP
- January 31, 2020 9:30
“Political artist, painter, writer, performer, and photographer David Wojnarowicz was one of the leading personalities of the 1980s New York art scene. In an interview conducted in 1989 by cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer, Wojnarowicz speaks candidly about intimate moments in his life, the creative process, sexuality, AIDS, and coming to terms with one’s own death — at a time when society categorically refused to face up to the AIDS epidemic. Marion Scemama, who was a close friend of Wojnarowicz and who filmed the interview, has created an incomparable essay out of it and previously unseen work drawn from the artist’s and her own private archives … She has succeeded in creating a deeply moving film that looks into the soul of a man who exposed his vulnerability in a variety of aesthetic forms” (Berlin IFF).
Image: Ivan Dallatana David Wojnarowicz on Hudson River Pier, 1983 © The Estate of Ivan Dallatana. Courtesy The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P·P·O·W, New York