PORTRAITS IN THE TIME OF AIDS, ROSALIND SOLOMON

Posted on July 11, 2013 by Editorial Staff

We know people doesn’t like to talk about bad periods and more than ever of this one. A veil has been set down on it and few people tend to remember it. We’d like to think,  now that all gay prides of the world are over, that this is a document that many of its participants should see before getting naked and heading the next year float. A sort of gay consciousness everybody should have and that new generations need to know. The  exhibition “Rosalind Solomon: portraits in the time of Aids” at New York’s Bruce Silverstein Gallery is an incredible document, an historical one to be added to the files of our culture. This exhibition won’t make anyone happier, off course, but those 75 over sized portraits tacked to the wall at or above the viewer’s height of people, are there to talk. Literally. Talk about dealing with a new illness that was stigmatizing the late 80ies gay community . Talk about a future that was troubled and unsure. Rosalind Salomon, born in 1930, decided to become a photographer in 1968, at age 38 she went on to study with master photography teacher Lisette Model in the early 1970s. Portraits in the time of Aids is a rendition of a 1988 exhibition that was held at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery at the height of the Aids epidemic.  Solomon’s project is then 25 years old but remains, along with guys and girls who gave the permission to be photographed in such difficult moments, immortal and more alive than ever.

Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Untill 2nd of August