Abstract

I animate the relational optics within Instagram’s @theaidsmemorial. I attend to the ways photographs in the archive enact an erotic racist identification through the fetishizing of white queer flesh and networked grief. By attending to the digital performances of grief reverberating between the deceased and the bereaved, I question the politics of remembrance in white queer grieving cultures. I venture into and critically challenge the archive’s “sea of whiteness” in the hopes that the erotic may one day no longer be disciplined in the most revered of our queer worldmaking sites.

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