“Just because I’m poz doesn’t mean I’m a fearless mofo. I have to worry about criminalization, disclosure, I have to worry about people finding out that I don’t want to find out,” Chevalier tells me. In spite of these anxieties, the 28 yr-old artist speaks with a self-assurance that suggests he knows his work is onto something. HFML has led him to field questions from hundreds of anonymous viewers and users who ask him inane questions like “How do you deal with your AIDS?” and assume that he “got it because of mistakes” he’s made.
“I take it all very seriously. It’s a curious thing where my art starts to teach sexual health, such as with consent and disclosure,” he explains, adding that his audience doesn’t always know when he’s joking – he facetiously refers to his status and its consequences as “my AIDS” – but he knows from personal experience that the stigma faced by HIV positive people is all too real. His practice delves into the intersection of the luxuriously self-obsessed (“my selfish reason for making work”) and the defiantly personal. His “political reason” for making his excessively personal art practice “is to critique what people expect of poz people, to ask ‘what does it mean for me to give you everything and it still not be enough?””
OBLIGATORY TUMBLR MEETUP GROUP SHOT.
Look who is all in Peterborough.
THE INTERNET IS LOOKING BACK/BLOG ADJACENT.
Here is a photo Vincent sent me of his penis.
Please respect and honor that.
You’re such a jerk-off.
GIF/ODE TO “THE OTHER CANADIAN”
Me and Vincent (hfml) at The Blue Moon, waiting to watch a drag show from the Haus of Haunt. Vincent came and stayed with me in Pittsburgh (his first time here) on his road trip back to Montreal and we had fun exploring art, parks, views, food, bars, dancing and shows in four days. I don’t know if my nose is red from too much sun or PBR.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY…
SWEET SIPPING / LAUGHING WITH SUSHI / UNDERWEAR PARTY.