Visual AIDS launches the latest book in our DUETS publication series DUETS: Nayland Blake & Justin Vivian Bond in conversation on Jerome Caja with a public program featuring artist Nayland Blake, founder and director of the Jerome Project, Anthony Cianciolo, and former executor of Jerome Caja’s estate Anna van der Meulen. Described in DUETS as a “gender-fuck force,” Jerome Caja (1958–1995) was a visual artist, drag performer and provocateur in San Francisco. Caja’s playful and powerful art used unconventional materials—ranging from nail polish and eyeliner to human ashes—to express poignant themes of spirituality, mortality and sexuality. For the NYABF launch, Blake, Ciancioli and van der Meulen discuss Caja’s art, issues around AIDS and queer history, and the important work of maintaining legacies of those like Caja lost too soon to AIDS-related complications.
Presented by Visual AIDS at NYABF on September 22, 2018. Recording courtesy Blank Forms.