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Passions of War 01
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Red Dawn 01
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The Hun's Silence 01
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OCCUPATION, 2007

A series of drawings of photographs of “soldiers”, taken directly from spreads in gay porn magazines, in different states of undress, posing seductively for the camera.

By making this work almost invisible, the viewer is coerced into staring at the work longer by looking for its content in the (apparently) blank piece of paper. The soldier, then, actively occupies the drawing. It occupies it sexually but also morbidly, addressing the lack of representation of victims and perpetrators alike in the current war(s) being wagered by the US in our national media, and the “invisibilisation” (in the face of constant attack) of queerness in the armed forces and its sublimation thru artifice, costume, role-playing. Desire turns into violence. Desire as threat.
This work also addresses a sense of longing and nostalgia for a medium (the “dirty” magazine) and a space (the seedy red district, the sex-shop) ¬≠–so characteristic of an older, less clean, and much freer nation¬≠– in the face of extinction.

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