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Day With(out) Art 2021

For Day With(out) Art 2021, Visual AIDS will premiere eight short videos highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. The program will feature newly commissioned work by Topher Campbell, Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular.

From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication and stigma, the commissioned videos center stories of collective care, mutual aid, and solidarity that recast community work as a form of medicine. The program disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, pointing to corrupt leadership within government and non-profit organizations as well as broader racial and gender inequities that persist despite scientific advances.

The hour-long video program will premiere on December 1, 2021, World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art. Visual AIDS partners with museums, galleries, universities, and organizations around the world to present over 100 free screenings on/around December 1. If you are interested in screening this year’s Day With(out) Art video program, please contact Kyle Croft <[email protected]> and Blake Paskal <[email protected]>.

The artists in this year's program were selected through an open call process juried by Ivy Arce, Jean Carlomusto, Thomas Allen Harris, and Mathew Rodriguez. If you are interested in submitting a video proposal for our 2022 program be on the lookout for an open call that will be announced this spring.

Video Synopses

Topher Campbell, Encounters

Encounters weaves together a narrative from the intersecting relationships of Black folks navigating sex and sexual health, using the ubiquitous swipe of dating apps as a formal device to traverse the African diaspora in London.

Katherine Cheairs, Voices at the Gate

Voices at the Gate is an experimental documentary video juxtaposing the bucolic landscapes inhabited by women’s prisons with archival and contemporary audio recordings of poems, essays and interviews by current and formerly incarcerated women of color living with HIV and AIDS.

Cristóbal Guerra, Palma Tilteá

Ser cuerpe y ritual en la simulación caribeña.

Being body and ritual inside the Caribbean simulation.

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, #Medstrike: Confronting the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad chronicles their 2017 medication strike against the Mazzoni Center, an 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, The Women's Video Support Project

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.

Biographies of the commissioned artists are available on the Day With(out) Art 2021 project page here.

Photo Credit Ero Rose

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad

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Beto Pérez

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Steed Taylor