Survival AIDS Mummification - Berlin 2014
Survival AIDS Mummification Transformation, NBGK Berlin
16.02.2014

A performance by Hunter Reynolds
Collaborating with Goran Tomcic

Since 1999, Hunter Reynolds has performed over 25 "Mummifications" throughout Europe and the United States. In conjunction with the current exhibition LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX II at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin Reynolds will perform Survival AIDS Mummification Transformation on Sunday, February 16th, from 6pm to 8pm.

These rare performances are physically and emotionally grueling and simultaneously inspiring - evoking both rebirth and resurrection. For over twenty years Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation to express his experience as an HIV positive gay man. He will be collaborating with Goran Tomcic on the design of the mummification skin.

"Art has always been one of the tools I have used to heal myself and others and to find order in the chaos of my life, by not only telling the story through art, but by transforming myself in the process of making it, using it to rebuild my life, finding hope and beauty and a desire to be alive."

Performers:
Hunter Reynolds
Goran Tomcic
Rik Mayda
Frank Merz
Marcelo Alves

Video Documentation:
Branka Pavlovic

Goran Tomcic is an artist and writer. Born in former Yugoslavia in 1964, he is Croatian and US citizen, and currently lives and works in Berlin. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (1996). Since 2000 he has shown his art internationally and is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant (2007). His poetry and art criticism has been published internationally from the mid 80s.

Hunter Reynolds is a visual artist and AIDS activist and He is a Visual AIDS artist member. He was a an early member of ACT UP New York, and in 1989 co-founded Art Positive, an affinity group of ACT-UP to fight homophobia and censorship in the arts. For over twenty years, Reynolds has been using performance, photography, and installations to express his experience as an HIV-positive gay man living in the age of AIDS. Reynolds’s works address issues of gender identity, political, social, and sexual histories, mourning and loss, survival, hope and healing. Some of his best-known performance projects are “The Patina du Prey’s Memorial Dress” (the documentary about Reynolds Memorial Dress was part of LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX I (nGbK, Nov 2013 – Jan, 2014), “The Drag Pose Series”, “Blood Spot Series” and “Mummification Series”. He has collaborated on major performance projects like “The Banquet” with Chrysanne Stathacos and “I-Dea - The Goddess” with Maxine Henryson.

Hunter Reynolds has been the recipient of many grants and residencies, including several Pollock Krasner awards. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including: PPOW Gallery, Participant Inc., Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Artist Space, New York, NY; Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY; Creative Time, New York, NY; Momenta, Brooklyn, NY; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA; ICA Boston, Boston, MA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; nGbK Berlin, Germany; and documenta, Kassel, Germany. His work is in numerous public and private collections including The Chicago Art Institute, Yale, and the Addison Andover. The Fales Library and Special Collections/New York University recently acquired the archives of Hunter Reynolds for its Downtown Collection. He is represented by PPOW Gallery.

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