Artist, writer, activist.

Silence=Death poster

David Wojnarowicz continually explored the intersection between art and activism in both his art and writing. David was expert at challenging what he described as entrenched, interdependent systems of discrimination created by arbitrary social categorizations—like race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

“I think gestures are important on any level.”

Though primarily remembered as an AIDS activist, David raised awareness of many social justice issues disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. David created artwork and performed public readings to raise awareness of child abuse, women’s equality, LGBTQ+ rights, police brutality, addiction, homelessness, hunger and healthcare access.

He also took to the streets of New York and Washington DC as a demonstrator with the National Organization for Women, ACT UP and other organizations.

Friends, educators, historians, writers, and curators remember David as a powerful activist who inspires acts of courage to this day.