SF Camerawork Collaboration
I am to see to it that I do not lose you Artist Talk
I am to see to it that I do not lose you presents two bodies of work that, when paired, establish a vital temporal line between a retrieved history and a proposed future: Julio's House - Gonzalez's photographic tour of his late uncle's home in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood -- invites audiences into Julio's space to witness a life lived unapologetically amidst rigid twentieth-century social mores that rejected queerness outright. Gonzalez's work records the luxurious decor and memento troves throughout his uncle's home, and deconstructs the family and culturally-driven narrative about who Julio was as a gay man, immigrant, and hard-working provider.
Ali Bhutto's multimedia series Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth fuses textile, performance, and lens-based practices to envision a rebellious queer future. Ali Bhutto seeks to subvert the wester gaze as it otherizes Muslim, queer, and black and brown bodies by creating high femme guerrilla warriors who are not easily categorized or consumed, and who fight for a world in which all are embraced.
Presented under a title drawn from Walt Whitman's 1855 poem To a Stranger, I am to see to it that I do not lose you invites viewers to witness a history that was almost lost, and a future born of resistance.