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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, The HIV HOWLER Transmitting Art and Activism

Deadline: May 1, 2018
Be part of a limited edition global artist’s newspaper to be released at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam


The HIV Howler Transmitting Art and Activism, a newspaper focusing on the global grassroots HIV activist response, to be released at the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, July 23–27, 2018.

Artists have and continue to play a fundamental role in shaping broader societal understandings of HIV and working within the communities that are most impacted by the virus, such as people who use drugs, sex workers, people of color, indigenous peoples, trans folks and LGBQ+ people. The HIV Howler seeks submissions from artists and activists who work in any artistic media and who want to use publication and printmaking for the transmission of art and ideas on HIV/AIDS. Together we reflect the immediacy and urgency of global HIV/AIDS dialogues as well as their historical continuities.

● Submissions may include: artworks, texts, articles, letters, archival documents, performance documents, film stills, or any artistic media suitable for print in the newspaper format.

● DEADLINE: May 1, 2018 submitted by email to [email protected] and [email protected] with the subject line “ HIV Howler and your first/last name"

● Submissions welcomed in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Russian and Arabic as well as other languages and excerpts from featured submissions will be translated if possible.

● TECH STUFF: Submit all documents and images grouped together as a single.pdf file with a maximum of 10 pages in total, and no more than 10 MB file size. Visual and text-based work that is accepted for publication will be due by May 15, 2018. See below for detailed submission guidelines.

● The HIV Howler is interested in publishing work that explores the following themes and issues and more:
○ Aging & Transitioning
○ Body: image, change, self love, etc.
○ Disrupting the one-dimensional image of HIV
○ Drugs and drug use
○ Finding community and connecting
○ Harm Reduction
○ Healing
○ HIV Criminalization
○ Indigenous perspectives and access to resources
○ Maori and Latin American contexts of medicalization
○ Medication
○ Mothers
○ Mentors
○ Queer sex and pleasure

● Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a global advisory team of artists, activists, and writers that is primarily made up of artists living with HIV. See below for more information.

● Successful submissions for featured content in The HIV Howler will receive an artist/writer fee with support for translation of selected sections.

● Each issue will include commissioned works, artists projects and texts, archival material, alongside real-time writings and guest columns that respond directly to daily events at the conference.

● Our goals with The HIV Howler include creating global conversations between artists/activists, drawing attention to specific and local contexts, and using artist-led print publishing as a mode for the transmission of ideas and political interventions.

● The HIV Howler will be produced from our editorial laboratory at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in partnership with Amsterdam print and publishing organizations. Our production processes make the artistic and intellectual labour of community building visible and performative as an intervention into the conference.

● Unfortunately The HIV Howler CAN NOT provide any direct support to individuals hoping to attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.


Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread

Advisory Committee:

Anthea Black, Theodore (ted) Kerr, Charles Long, Tawhanga Nopera, Mikiki, L’Orangelis Thomas, and Jessica Whitbread.

Distribution and Production Partners:

Art Metropole and PosterVirus (Toronto), Visual AIDS (New York), Hello Gorgeous magazine, Knust Workspace, and AGA Lab (Amsterdam).


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council.

Review Process and Selections:

The Advisory will start reviewing submissions on May 1, 2018 and notify accepted artists and activists by May 10, 2018. All accepted submissions will be due by May 15, 2018.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

● The artistic strength and creative vision of the proposed project.

● How the piece contributes to a global conversation on art and AIDS activism.

● How the work addresses, or expands and critiques, the key themes of criminalization+medicalization, collaboration+mentorship, and sex+pleasure.

● Please note that The HIV Howler is publishing work by HIV+ artist/activists only.

Final print-ready work will be due May 15, 2018. Final submission of image-based work should be a print-quality size of 2200 pixels wide at 300 ppi, with .tiff files preferred. Final submission of text-based works should be submitted as a Word document or a Drive document. Texts, biographies, and descriptions will be edited for length, clarity, and/or consistency with other texts in the newspaper.

Application Checklist:

Include all the following materials grouped together in a single .PDF file with a maximum of 10 pages in total, and no more than 10 MB file size.

1. COVER PAGE (1 page)

Submit a cover page with general information about the application including your name, contact information including email, mailing address, website (if applicable), the title of the project submitted, and a 200 word-biography.

2. ARTIST CV (2 pages)

If you work in visual, performing or literary arts, submit an artist CV with a maximum of 2-pages. If you work in an parallel field and do not have an artist CV, please write a short description of your key projects as an activist or HIV+ culture-maker.

2. YOUR PROJECT (1 page)

Describe your project with the following:

A) Project Title

B) Project Summary (250 words max.)

● Summarize your work in a short paragraph.

● What are the key themes and ideas that guide the piece?

● What form does your work take? (e.g. Submissions may include any artistic media suitable for print in the newspaper format: artworks, texts, articles, letters, archival documents, performance documents, film stills etc.)

● Is the work completed? If yes, please prepare to submit as a print-ready file or document by May 15, 2018. If the proposed work is not complete, plan to have final work ready to submit by May 15, 2018.


Include up to two forms of support materials with your application.

● Up to 10 digital images formatted to fit within the .pdf document. Artists may also include a website link in addition to images.

● Film/Video: Artists/activists who work in video may submit up to three works or three excerpts of works. We will review up to five minutes of work in total. Please submit URLs to Vimeo, Youtube. Film/Video submissions will be published as 3 - 5 still images with a description or statement.

● Writing: Writers, critics, theorists, historians and/or activists who work with writing may submit up to 5 pages of completed texts, articles, letters. For longer submissions please submit an excerpt and indicate the total word count.

● Print materials (e.g. archival materials, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, publications, books, etc.): Scan and submit the full document and/or an excerpt within the .pdf submission.


Include a checklist that gives information about each item of your visual support materials. Indicate artist/activist name, title of the work, year of creation, media, and brief description of each image (maximum 50 words per image).