Endured an extremely abusive family life.

hggDavid Wojnarowicz
Born in New Jersey in 1954, David Wojnarowicz endured an extremely abusive family life, struggled with being a gay youth and subsequently dropped out of high school by the age of 16. To survive, he hustled, lived on the streets of NYC, prostituted, and hitchhiked across the country. In 1978, he settled in NYC’s east village and began his career, as a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and activist. His career ran concurrent with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. His art reflected that grief, anger, frustration and fear by drawing attention to American religious fundamentalism, conservatism, fear of the body, homophobia, economic imperialism, all while raising up the voices of marginalized and stigmatized individuals. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 37.

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