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Day With(out) Art

December 1, 2017

Visual AIDS Presents: A Day With(out) Art

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell.

Despite the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS within black communities, these stories and experiences are frequently excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016, African Americans represented 44 percent of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States, making it more urgent than ever to feature stories that consider and represent the lives of black patients. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those who are marginalized within broader black communities nationwide, including queer and trans individuals.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV-positive protagonists, a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South, explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives, a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform for the many voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Telfair Museums is one of more than 100 partnering institutions across the world to screen the program on December 1.


Image from Visual AIDS.


December 1, 2017
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