The performative video component of the project involves posting on gay/queer oriented online hook up websites for men. On these sites, I submit the following paragraph with an image of my father:
I am looking for men who had sex with my dad. He was known as Troy, Peter, Pedro and other aliases in the late 70's/80's/early 90s, before his death from complications of AIDS in 93'. I'm his son and I want to hook up with you. I'm open to dinner, roleplay and other interactions, ideas? Below is his picture. If you had relations with him, please contact me I am seeking to make a sexual and nonsexual connection with these men who believe that they at one or more times had intimate relations with him. I am interested in the present loaded contemporary landscape of these photographic sites and exploring the remnants, the changes, the barrenness and the historically lost subtext. These are often green spaces no longer identifiable nor connected to their historical cruising roots.
I have shot at least 25 different Chicago sites. I have launched Internet ads nationally and am encouraging participation in New York, Chicago, Miami and Key West, Florida; however this is primarily a Chicago based project. Given that my role is negotiated by the respondent, and they decide the actions to do with our encounter/my body, as well as they have complete control of the video documentation.
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