William Yang has documented the gay scene in Sydney since the 1970s. At this time many were celebrating new-found freedom, greater acceptance in society and the start of the Mardi Gras parades.
In these images from the 1990s Yang investigates the impact of AIDS on his friends and community, as well as the broader social implications of the disease. The works act as memorials which acknowledge both individual fears, the illnesses that AIDS and HIV bring, the repercussions on the gay community, and the importance of public displays of recognition and remembrance.
printed circa 1996
2 gelatin silver photograph, with handwritten text in gold ink
2 photographs each: 34.0 x 43.0 cm image; 78.5 x 104.6 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., gold ink "...WILLIAM YANG. 1992...".
© William Yang
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Friends of Dorothy, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 02 Feb 1997–01 Mar 1997
William Yang - Dairies: A Retrospective exhibition, 25 years of social, personal and landscape photography., State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jan 1998–26 Apr 1998
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006
Referenced in 1 publication
Unknown, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers