Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Artist Beneath a Full Moon, a Healing Ritual

Diedrick Brackens’s “Flying Geese” (2020).Credit...Courtesy the artist; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles/Seoul; and Jack Shainman, New York © Diedrick Brackens
A recent textile work by Diedrick Brackens responds to a startling statistic about the ongoing AIDS epidemic. What inspired you to make this work? It was inspired by the ongoing AIDS epidemic. There is a C.D.C. statistic from 2016 that reads, “If current H.I.V. diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 Black men who have sex with men (M.S.M.) and 1 in 4 Latino M.S.M. in the United States will be diagnosed with H.I.V. during their lifetime.” It was startling. I made a series of pieces inspired by the statistic. The work is a meditation on healing, ritual and disease.[More