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Joseph Cotgrave
February 27 - March 15
OUTPUT is excited to welcome Joseph Cotgrave (Wirral, 1993) to the gallery for his second solo exhibition. The artist works to destigmatize HIV, raise awareness and educate people’s general misconceptions through exhibitions and workshops; offering something he had wanted when he was diagnosed and found ‘there was nobody real and human to talk to.’

For his show at OUTPUT, Cotgrave is reimagining nights out in Liverpool's gay town in the gallery. After losing his sister last year, the artist experienced grief similar to how he felt after his HIV diagnosis, ‘I felt like I lost the person I was before that moment, I had to relearn something, and the same thing happened with my sister.’ The artist aims to build an environment and an atmosphere reminiscent of nights out in Liverpool when he maybe contracted HIV, with the exhibition as a shrine to his past self. Through sculpture, installation and sound, he wants to open up conversation around the culture of the gay scene, chem sex, and the stigma surrounding HIV.

Please find the full press release here.

Listen to our podcast interview with Joseph here, or on Anchor, Spotify and Google.
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