Opening at the Australian Centre for Photography on March 18, Ray Cook’s exhibition Money Up Front and No Kissing is described as “an elegy for what is lost when the outcast becomes assimilated”.

Cook has lived through the underground hedonism of the ’70s, the gut-wrenching loss of friends to AIDS in the ’80s and the reality of living with HIV in the ’90s.

With these experiences came a radical queer politics that’s on show in this beguiling exhibition.

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