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.