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Grave 2

The Chicago-based performance artists Miller and Shellabarger are partners in art and life. The husband-and-husband team work together and independently to address themes of queer identity, politics, and intimacy. They’ve gained national attention for their time-based work Untitled (Grave), where they dig parallel graves, lie down in them, and then use their fingers to dig a tunnel between them so that they can hold hands—a symbol of their undying love. While this photograph documents that performance, its dual-paned format adds meaning. Recalling an old-fashioned stereoscopic portrait in its symmetry (aided by the men’s similar appearance), the angle of bodies pulling away from each other suggests that the forces of nature and society are conspiring to break them apart.

Dutes Miller
American, born 1965
Stan Shellabarger
American, born 1968
Grave 2
Archival pigment print
Image (each image, separated by ½ in. space): 11 x 8 ¼ in. (27.9 x 20.9 cm); sheet: 17 7/8 x 23 in. (45.4 x 58.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas Robertello, 2010.87

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