A Fire in My Belly (A work in progress) Favorite 



Jan 1 1986


New York City

"Owning a vehicle, you could drive by and with the pressure of your foot on the accelerator and with your eyes on the road you could pass it quickly … The images of poverty would lift and float and recede quickly like the gray shades of memory so that these images were in the past before you came upon them. It was the physical equivalent of the evening news.” — David Wojnarowicz.

David Wojnarowicz’s art is a mirror of his time. His works often involve in ‘radical’ political footnotes that concerns to the minority of society: LGBTQ, poverty, cultural war, and other social situations in 80s United States. He is a brave warrior in fighting AIDS crisis, especially in criticizing how the government act inertly, trying to cover but not solve issues, and expel gay people from public sphere. His works would not stand it — they screams —- broke the silence and eventually changed the society.
As one of three films Wojnarowicz made through his short but unforgettable life, A Fire in My Belly echoes with themes like cultural and individual identity, spirituality, and belief systems that the artist has been discuss in his interdisciplinary works. Wojnarowicz was compelled to document and represent the lives of those he felt society sought to repress by using money (falling coins) and violence(gun and police). In the film, non-sense violence is everywhere, people manipulated by money and desire, using their or others body as commodity(circus performers, dancing girls, monkeys, wild beasts in cages). Solemn palace occupied by tourism, Virgin Maria lost her eyes, cross and Jesus are covered by ants — blasphemous, belief is losing. Incoherent non-faces queer body, sewing, blooding lips - forced silence, stigmatization. The accidental death of male body and cockroach, burning earth. Like the non-stop train wheel shows up shorty but repeatedly, the movement of the film itself never resting too long on an image becomes an expression of the speed and aggression of modern living. especially in the sprawling west of America, vehicles are not just a convenience, but an agent of class stratification and indifference. Per Fredric Jameson, the late capitalism is correlate to postmodern intensities. This film is Wojnarowicz’s panorama of postmodern society.

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