Hey, let's just look at some David Wojnarowicz art, shall we?

(Arthur Rimbaud in New York, 1978–79) Photo of guy on subway wearing Rimbaud mask
Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz (1983–84), David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren. David Wojnarowicz painted with flowers on one side of him an
This one makes me cry every time. (Trigger warning, descriptions of homophobia and harm)

Untitled (One day this kid…) (1990), Photo of a child with a description of the horrible things p
Oh, wait, this Rimbaud in NY one is super powerful, too

Arthur Rimbaud in New York (1978-79) One man in the Rimbaud mask and a jean vest lying down and a
This one makes me cry, too.
Untitled (Buffalo) (1988)

He appropriated this image from a natural history diorama in DC shortly after his AIDS diagnosis.

The metaphor isn't esoteric. Though it carries a number of layers. image of buffaloes falling off a cliff
And yes, this was him. Jacket that says If I die of AIDS, forget burial, just drop
And yes, this one is called
Fuck You Faggot Fucker, 1984
I will include it, yes, I saw the outfit, no need to tell me Two men kissing, maps of the world, photographs of men all a
But really, kids, go learn about the man, the artist, the activist, the life. There's so much there. In only 37 years.

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