A KIND OF ABSENCE
After his HIV diagnosis, Dirk H. Wilms hid himself from view for four years. He was afraid people walking down the street would see his condition written in his face. A walking portrait of a man with HIV. The thought of that kept him indoors. His portrait kept him prisoner. It shackled him to a place of safety. In the end, he broke free. He chose to use the same device, his portrait, to liberate himself from the stigma he felt and to assure his immortality.