Jorge, February 3, 1994, 1994/2000 (one of three panels)
Jorgešs father had been a survivor of Auschwitz, and he had the idea that he looked exactly as his father had on the day of his release. He wanted to document that similarity, that family similarity of genetics and of disaster. It has occurred to me since that the moments in history are rare when entire communities are erased, leaving surrounding communities intact. The gay community suffered ongoing losses through the late eighties and most of the nineties; I have friends who can count over fifty friends and acquaintances lost to AIDS over a fifteen year period. Under these circumstances, the concepts of grieving and Traumatic Stress Syndrome become meaningless: grief and trauma are buried in the ongoing onslaught of wasting and death, the continuous interweaving of care-taking, funerals, memorials, anniversaries, and more deaths.