Inspired by Louise Lawler's iconic sound piece Bird Calls, the artist sings as bird song the names of an evolving list of gay male artists who died of AIDS. From Felix Gonzales-Torres to Marlon Riggs, from Rotimi Fani-Kayode to Hervé Guibert, the calls form a lamentation for a community of potential mentors, friends, and comrades forever out of reach.
The artist's song is broadcast from a gilded megaphone, ideally installed in a tree. A handwritten list of the artists' names appears on a gallery wall in silver vinyl, as though publicising the participants of a speculative group exhibition.
Critical writing about The Nightbird includes, “Une Autre Voix,” a review by Lisa Moravec in Springerin Magazine, 2017. A first iteration of The Nightbird featured a list that combined artists lost to AIDS with living gay male artists also out of reach to Nemer due to art world celebrity and social hierarchies. The project’s concept was refined and reimagined to coincide with “Traces of Desire” an exhibition at the Ystadskonstmuseum in 2022.