Visual AIDS is proud to present the online web gallery BLOODBROTHERS, curated by David Serotte and featuring the artwork of Albert J. Winn and Richard Sawdon Smith
Both members of the Frank Moore Archive Project, Albert J. Winn and Richard Sawdon Smith were introduced to one another through Visual AIDS. Recognizing that the artists' photographic self-portraits shared a number of similarities, Winn and Sawdon Smith quickly established a connection. Though both men focus the camera on themselves to address their experiences with HIV/AIDS, each artist comes from different national, cultural and generational backgrounds. With Winn living in Los Angeles and Sawdon Smith based in London, the two artists visited each other's homes, and there they executed several projects together. It is fitting that the results of this artistic alliance find a home in the very institution that made them possible. This web gallery provides an examination of how Winn and Sawdon Smith's solo works visually and thematically rhyme, as well as how their individual efforts inform their collaborative work, and vice versa. (read more)
About the Curator:
David Serotte is an independent curator living and working in New York City. He received his B.A. in Art History from Skidmore College. He has worked for The New Museum, Artists Space, Tacoma Art Museum and The Tang Museum. Recently, he served as a curatorial assistant for Jonathan Katz's upcoming exhibition Art, AIDS, America. He is a Baltimore native and a proud member of the Legendary House of Revlon.
Each month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. The Archive Project is both a service to HIV+ artists, while preserving a visual record of their work, and a public resource, to teach about AIDS art activism and the lasting importance of HIV+ visual artists. Membership in The Archive Project is free and open to all professional visual artists living with HIV/AIDS and the estates of artists who have died from AIDS.