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Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS

Guiding the viewer through the meditative process of making small, individual stitches with narrow strands of floss, then culminating in the creation of an altar for artists who died from AIDS, Michael communicates the sadness and alone-ness of working without mentorship from an entire generation of queer visionaries. Some names of these artists serve as the soundtrack to this work. Embracing these figures as ancestors, Bound invites those of us who remain to search for inspiration in the memory of these ancestors and to offer our bodies to them on the altar of creativity, survival, and purpose.

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