Curatorial Residency


Launched in 2012, Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited (RU) join efforts to host a one-month residency program for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. The curatorial residency encourages the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.

The resident curator conducts research in Visual AIDS' archives with access to slides, digital images, publication and other resources. The archives hold over 17,000 digital and slide images by 643 artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have passed away. Studio visits with artists are encouraged. The resident curator is invited to create an online exhibition at

RU provides the curator with customized administrative and network support, shared office space at in Brooklyn and a venue for a public program (lecture/screening/discussion) defined in conjunction with RU and Visual AIDS.

Jointly the resident curator is invited to produce a free, public event co-hosted by RU and Visual AIDS. Panel discussions, film screenings, performances, or a lecture illuminate the curator’s use of the Archive Project and/or a presentation of international cultural production around HIV/AIDS.