Stephen Barker — The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars
Daniel Cooney Fine Arts
Daniel Cooney Fine Art presents the first solo exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Stephen Barker. On view are 15 never before seen black and white photographic portraits of AIDS activists —in the studio and at home—taken during his time working within the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), 1991-1994, and Barker's unique artist’s book Funeral March, which chronicles the carrying of Mark Fisher’s body in an open coffin from Judson Church, up Sixth Avenue, to the steps of the Republican National Committee on the eve of the presidential election in 1992.
Barker became involved with ACT UP in the late 80s working primarily with the needle exchange program. The photographs were never intended as an encyclopedic project, but rather the portraits evolved organically out of Barker’s working relationships, friendships, and intimacies. The exhibition is especially timely during this 30th anniversary year of ACT UP when once again all under-served communities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are threatened by our own government. It is a call to arms for activism and a reminder of the distance we have traveled and battles we have won.
The opening reception is September 14, 6 – 8pm.