The first episode of this podcast is dedicated to the life and work of the Queer American photographer Jimmy DeSana, who was working in New York during the 70s and 80s and sadly died of an AIDS related illness in 1990 at the age of 39. For the opening of his exhibition on 3 November 2023, we hosted a panel talk in the Berlin gallery with AA Bronson, Antje Krause-Wahl and Christian Liclair, which we recorded as the first episode of this podcast.
Despite his recognition in artist circles in New York during his lifetime, Jimmy DeSana’s work was long overlooked. It was only last year that the Brooklyn Museum staged his first in-depth museum show under the title Submission. DeSana’s first institutional show in Germany will open at KW in Berlin in July 2024.
DeSana was a prominent figure in different scenes – such as No wave music, club culture, performance art, the Pictures Generation and mail art – and he also became a chronicler of this Queer New York subculture in the 70s and 80s through his photographs.
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