presented as part of Queer, Ill + Okay (2015) at the DCASE Storefront Theater. See more about the Queer, Ill + Okay series here.
Dressed in a 1940s nursing uniform, I performed a work that reflects on the role of caregivers during the AIDS crisis. My performance revealed what it was like to care for my friend Matthew during his final months of illness and its lasting effect on me. I aimed to manifest perspectives of a witness, queer ally, caregiver, and a champion of the good death with the poignancy of expected loss alongside immeasurable gain from lived relationships. Drawing on memory, crafted and sentimental objects, my performance intervened into cultural narratives on loss and illness.
Read a review of the performance here by Conor Moynihan.