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Sun 12/05/21
1:00PM
All Ages
FREE

Day Without Art: Enduring Care

Cactus Club  is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2021 by presenting ENDURING CARE, a video program highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. The program features newly commissioned work by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project

From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication, ENDURING CARE centers stories of collective care, mutual aid, and solidarity while pointing to the negligence of governments and non-profits. The program’s title suggests a dual meaning, honoring the perseverance and commitment of care workers yet also addressing the potential for harm from medications and healthcare providers. ENDURING CARE disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, recasting community work as a lasting form of medicine.

December 5th | 1pm | Free

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

“For Day With(out) Art 2021, Visual AIDS presents ENDURING CARE, a video program highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. The program features newly commissioned work by Katherine CheairsCristóbal GuerraDanny KilbrideAbdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah BusseyBeto PérezSteed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.

Video Synopsis:

Katherine Cheairs, Voices at the Gate

Voices at the Gate juxtaposes the bucolic landscapes inhabited by women’s prisons with archival and contemporary audio recordings of poems, essays, and interviews produced by women of color in the early 19990s at the intersection of incarceration and HIV & AIDS activism.

Cristóbal Guerra, Nobleza(s) de Sangre

Two fragmented interviews with artists living with HIV in Puerto Rico mediate an audiovisual invocation of the late Boricua poet Manuel Ramos Otero who passed away from complications of the virus in 1990. Guerra sets out to translate work Manuel deemed untranslatable, investigating the ongoing passions that informed his work.

Danny Kilbride, The Mersey Model

Danny Kilbride interviews Professor John Ashton, a public health official who helped institute the Mersey Model of Harm Reduction in Liverpool in 1986, the first government-funded needle exchange program in the UK.

Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, #Medstrike: Confronting the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

A chronicle of Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad’s 2017 medication strike against the Mazzoni Center, a LGBT health clinic in Philadelphia, and the direct action campaign by the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative that preceded it

Beto Pérez, In the Future

In the Future tells the stories of people living with HIV in Mexico who have been unable to access treatment because of government corruption and widespread theft and looting of medication.

Steed Taylor, I Am… a Long-Term AIDS Survivor

Through a chorus of voices, Steed Taylor explores the difficulties of being a long-term AIDS survivor and the unexpected health problems facing many senior survivors.

J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project, 滴水希望 (Hope Drops)

A collaborative video project made with women living in Taiwan who use their cameras to process stress and stigma, and to share their experiences living with HIV.

 

This Screening was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of The Queer Curatorial Fund of the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres and Carl Bogner

 

To learn more about Visual Aids please visit: www.visualaids.org

Katherine “Kat” Cheairs

is a filmmaker, educator, curator, activist and community artist. Kat’s areas of interest and research include: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) histories in HIV/AIDS; quantum Black futurity, Black feminist/womanist theory; visual culture; media arts therapy; community arts and social practice; and, critical race theory in art education. Ms. Cheairs is co-curator of Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism, an archival exhibition focusing on the contributions of Black women, transwomen of color, and women of color HIV/AIDS activists from the early 1990s to the present. Kat is the producer and director of the documentary, Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family. Kat’s current film projects include Voices at the Gate and In This House, which explores HIV/AIDS narratives through the Black body. Kat has presented on panels at the Tribeca Film Institute, BAM, Pratt Institute, The New School, New York University, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Aperture Foundation, and UnionDocs. Ms. Cheairs holds a Master of Fine Art in Film and Television Production from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. Katherine serves on the Archive Committee for Visual AIDS and is the Director of Education for Howl Arts, Inc.

Cristóbal Guerra

is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto Rico. Their work currently combines experimental video, documentary film, language justice and text to explore ideas of home, el caribe, queerness and belonging.

Danny Kilbride

is a community filmmaker based in Liverpool UK. He is the founding Director at Thinking Film, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to provide marginalised communities with a voice and tell stories that challenge the way people see the world.

Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad

is a Philadelphia born writer, organizer, and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op. In their work, they often trouble ideas of medical surveillance, bodily autonomy, and Blackness.

Beto Pérez

is a documentary filmmaker and television producer working in Tlaxcala, Mexico. He is the co-founder and president of the cultural organization Coarco (Colectivo Arte Contemporáneo). In 2018, his docu-series “Tlaxcala Indigena” received an honorable mention from the National Journalism Prize.

Steed Taylor

art includes public works as well as art for gallery settings. Shown nationally and internationally, solo shows include University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy. Recent commissions for his public art include Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Arlington VA, New York City, New Orleans and West Palm Beach as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, York College/CUNY, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine.

J Triangular

is an independent curator, experimental filmmaker, and multimedia poet. Colombia born, Taiwan based. Graduated in film studies and screenwriting at TAI University School of Arts, Madrid, Spain. She received her master's degree in experimental documentary at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia, Spain. Her work consistently addresses themes such as community identity, self-empowerment, care practices, and promoting communication and solidarity. In 2019, J was the international curator in residence at Visual AIDS with her project The Whole World is Watching which has been exhibited internationally in Taipei, Tokyo, Kyoto, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Lima, and Colombia.

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