Co-presented with Visual AIDS, AIDS Action Now, Archive/Counter Archive & Viral Interventions
For over thirty years, Visual AIDS has organized annual observances of Day With(out) Art on December 1st, calling on art institutions to respond to the ongoing AIDS crisis. Every year since 2014, Visual AIDS has created and distributed free video programs to universities, museums, art institutions, and AIDS organizations to be screened on or around December 1st, World AIDS Day.
On Wednesday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. EST, here at vtape.org, we present the Visual AIDS online program ENDURING CARE, a series of videos 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. Hosted by Darien Taylor.
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.
We follow the Visual AIDS program with Walking White Bear, a new video by Dakota Marks (2021, 18 min.), introduced by the artist and project facilitator Alexandra Gelis.
Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilized art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
Cristóbal Guerra, Nobleza(s) de Sangre, 2021. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2021. Still courtesy of Visual AIDS