World AIDS Day Screening - David Wojnarowicz, Live Art Development Agency


‘Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds, A Chapter in David Wojnarowicz’s Life (1989-1991)’

A film essay by Marion Scemama, co-directed with François Pain (2018)

"Thirty years in the making, Self-Portrait is an astonishing document of influence, friendship, love and the effort it takes to figure things out. Composed in the present from archival materials, it’s also the most historically truthful depiction of Wojnarowicz and the cultural moment he lived in that I’ve seen."

Chris Kraus, Sleek Magazine

LADA is delighted to host the first UK screening of Self Portrait in 23 Rounds, a film about the work and life of David Wojnarowicz. We will be joined by the filmmaker Marion Scemama and photographer Andreas Sterzing, who will be in conversation about their relationship with Wojnarowicz since the 1980s.

Political artist, painter, writer, performer, photographer, David Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 in New York. He was one of the leading figures of the New York Downtown artistic scene of the 1980s.

By confronting death and the AIDS crisis to the tough political context afflicting the most vulnerable people and all those left behind by the American dream, he quickly emerged as one of the main protest and radical artists in the Reagan-Bush years. Told through the voice of the artist, this unique document reveals how Wojnarowicz viewed his work and own death in a society that refused to confront the AIDS epidemic. The film includes previously unseen images from the director’s personal archives as well from Wojnarowicz’s archive.