THE BETHESDA BROTHERHOOD (2014-2018)

 

The Bethesda Brotherhood is a mixed media project that emerged out of a series of intergenerational relationships with HIV positive men that I met on the cruising website adam4adam.com. 

The pool of Bethesda, referred to in biblical narratives of Jerusalem, is a literal site of regeneration and exchange where Christ transformed and healed the sick. 

 
 Nick, 2014

Nick, 2014

 
 Gerry, 2014

Gerry, 2014

 
 

FOREVER YOUNG (2014) 

single-channel video

:40 sec.

w/ Gerry 

 

 

 

 

 

STITCH, POP-POP, STITCH (2014)

single-channel video

2:51 sec

w/ Allan

 
 Collage (before the needlepoint) and back of Fire Island Needlepoint 

Collage (before the needlepoint) and back of Fire Island Needlepoint 

 Needlepoint (after the collage)

Needlepoint (after the collage)

 

FIRE ISLAND BOOK (click here for full PDF)

Chapter 1

How They Didn’t See

Allan: Larry probably molested the Latino guy. He was underage. Larry was a high school English teacher in a city -  in a very famous New York City school. And he was one of Larry’s students. Now, I don’t know how old you were when you go to high school, but… you know, pick a grade.

And he wasn’t the first one. He used to nurture these - Larry was quite the character. He used to nurture these relationships...

These were very poor kids from the ghetto. Larry lived in the Upper East Side in New York and he used to romance them. And they would do pretend. They came over to his house and he would dress them up... 

Chapter 2

Who Could I Ask?

Jonathan: Do you remember the doctor’s name? 

Allan: No.

Jonathan: No?

Allan: They don’t have anything in writing… I’m trying to think if they ever wrote anything. 

Hm… Larry and his little boyfriends. I’ll see what I can do about this one. I’m intrigued now. 

And everybody’s dead. There’s nobody I could ask. Who could I ask? 

 

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