EXHIBITIONS

AFTER LIFE (we survive) | alejandro t. acierto

Presented by YBCA | November 9, 2020–January 24, 2021

alejandro t. acierto

b. 1985, Chicago, Illinois 
Lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee

How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin, 2019

Pink neon form, mini-LCD screen, and Twitter-enabled software

Courtesy the artist

alejandro t. acierto, How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin, 2019, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

alejandro t. acierto, How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin, 2019, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

alejandro t. acierto, How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin, 2019, installation view, AFTER LIFE (we survive), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2020. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Thea Quiray Tagle.

How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin reminds us of the ongoing relevance of LGBTQ activist and icon Sylvia Rivera, who co-founded with Marsha P. Johnson the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), an organization that provided shelter and support for homeless queer youth. Video footage of Rivera’s speech “Y’all Better Quiet Down Now” at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Rally in NYC plays more or less steadily, based on Twitter-enabled software scanning the frequency of the #LGBTQ hashtag. You can tweet with the hashtag #LGBTQ to increase the video’s legibility. 

Above, the neon sculpture recalls ACT UP’s pink triangle, created during the height of the AIDS crisis in the United States, with its pressing reminder that SILENCE = DEATH.

To engage with this work virtually, watch the video and scroll through the photographs of acierto’s artwork. 

Experience How to take up space when you’ve only been given the margin in person in the windows of YBCA’s 701 Mission Plaza.

You can tweet with the hashtag #LGBTQ to increase the video’s legibility at YBCA.

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