Beau McCall's, REWIND: MEMORIES ON REPEAT, is a timely and heartfelt art book celebrating the Black LGBTQ+ community. McCall’s debut art book honors the legacy of ten of McCall’s deceased friends through collages composed of archival photos and images from his button artwork. The collages capture the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, from Philadelphia to New York, during the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the height of disco music and the AIDS crisis.
“Since the 1970s we have lost so many individuals to AIDS, drugs, and anti-trans violence. So I wanted to tell some of these lost stories through images of my own friends who experienced these issues,” said McCall. “It is my way of honoring my friendship with them and bringing greater visibility and representation to the unsung everyday people of the Black LGBTQ+ community.”
McCall’s work as an artist is rooted in framing personal memories and experiences with historical and social contexts. As an extension, McCall’s new body of work is the story of the power of memories to keep bonds alive, the beauty of friendship to help us thrive, the power of love to help us heal and the indomitable spirit of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Souleo, Guest Editor
A portion of the proceeds from the book sales will benefit SAGE Center Harlem, which serves LGBTQ+ older adults with a diverse array of social events and support groups, daily hot nutritional lunches, a cyber center, health and wellness programs, arts and cultural events, and more.
Plume House of Prayer Series II REWIND: MEMORIES ON REPEAT Artist: Beau McCall, Guest Edited by Souleo
Editor: Nick Kline
Designer: Chantal Fischzang
Printing and Binding: Anthony Alvarez
Publisher: SHINE Portrait Studio Press
City: Newark, NJ
Dimensions: 10 in x 10 in x 1/4 in
Process: Risograph, Pigment Ink Color & Black and White
Edition Size: 100
In this video companion piece, Beau McCall gives background information on each person featured in the book.
REWIND: HISTORY ON REPEAT, on view June 2, 2023 through September 8, 2023 at Stonewall National Museum, Archives, & Library.
Artist: Beau McCall