What Would an HIV Doula Do? An Artistic Exploration
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective will host a participatory workshop on the interconnecting issues of health, history, identity, culture and care through the lens of the ongoing AIDS crisis. Using oral history, group discussion, a timeline activity, and the art of asking questions, collective members will lead the group in an exploration of future possibilities, current realities, and past impacts. People living with HIV, and those providing related care are encouraged to attend.
The What Would the HIV Doula Do? collective is a community of artists, activist, academics, chaplains, doulas, health care practitioners, nurses, filmmakers, AIDS Service Organization employees, dancers, community educators, and others from across the movement joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. We understand a doula as someone in community who hold space for others during times of transition. For us, HIV is a series of transitions in someone’s life that does not start with being tested or getting a diagnosis, nor end with treatment or death. Foundational to our process is asking questions.