Visual AIDS | Day With(out) Art

Visual AIDS: Alternate Endings, Activist Risings
Dec 3, 2018, 12-2pm
Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535
609 Bowe St
Richmond, VA 23284

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

This program will include a 1 hour screening and a 1 hour discussion with Christine Cynn, VCU Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Ari Laoch, Health Brigade; Rodney Lofton, Diversity Richmond; and Noah Simblist, VCU Dept. of Painting + Printmaking. The panelists will respond to the screening, speak to local AIDS activism and advocacy and elucidate its relationship to other national communities.