Sick Bacchus: A Grindr Love Story
Large Format Photography | Framed Video | Digital Photography
A Social Media “Vanitas Selfie”
An aesthetic investigation tracing the potential consequences of Grindr, as the geosocial networking technology accentuates and accelerates the struggles with disease and drug abuse already inherent in contemporary gay and bisexual communities.
Caravaggio himself was a homosexual, and in 1593 when he painted his self-portrait as Young Sick Bacchus, he was ill and jaundiced from syphilis.
Pushing the allegory further, the model featured in this piece personally watched his first love contract HIV soon after their separation through excessive and careless drug-fueled hookups enabled by this social media technology.
HD Video and Digital Print Installation at
the University of Texas Visual Arts Center:
Make-up by the talented Ashley Hancock: ashleyraehancock.com
Video Editing by Clayton Smith Westmeier