Visual AIDS invites artists and filmmakers to submit proposals for new film/video works to be produced and distributed to over 100 venues worldwide for the 30th annual Day With(out) Art. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

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Since 1989, Visual AIDS has organized Day With(out) Art, coordinating a day of mourning and action at art museums, galleries, and non-profits across the world. Since 2015, Visual AIDS has commissioned short videos from artists and activists to be distributed and screened at over 100 venues worldwide on/around December 1, World AIDS Day.

For 2019, the 30th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS is accepting proposals from artists and filmmakers for short film/video works responding to the ongoing epidemic. We welcome proposals from both emerging and established artists in a range of forms, including documentary, narrative, and experimental. Artists and filmmakers who are living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Visual AIDS is particularly interested in:

  • The contemporary landscape of HIV/AIDS activism
  • Voices that have been left out of cultural histories of HIV/AIDS
  • Counter-histories and archival interventions
  • Creative re-engagements with historical AIDS activist video
  • Narratives of HIV/AIDS that take place outside of New York City
  • Considerations of the 30 year history of Day With(out) Art and Visual AIDS

Up to six selected artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium to produce a short video work (5–20 minutes) to be premiered at over 100 venues worldwide on December 1, 2019, the 30th anniversary of Day With(out) Art.

Visual AIDS will premiere these new video works at marquee screenings in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles in addition to coordinating over 100 screenings at museums, universities, and arts organizations worldwide. Videos will be made available for free online viewing after December 1, 2019.

Proposals will be reviewed by a jury including Kenyon Farrow (Senior Editor at The Body), Alexandra Juhasz (Chair of the Film Department, Brooklyn College), Tom Kalin (Artist and Professor, Film Department, Columbia University), Lucas Michael (Visual AIDS Artist+ Member and Board Member), and Lauren Zelaya (Assistant Curator, Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum).

Successful proposals will respond thoughtfully to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and demonstrate the artist’s ability to produce a final video by September 1, 2019. Artists will be expected to independently manage the production of their work while incorporating feedback from Visual AIDS staff throughout the process.

Past Day With(out) Art projects have featured video works by Thomas Allen Harris, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Jim Hodges, Jim Hubbard, Derek Jackson / Hi Tiger, Tom Kalin, Kia LaBeija, Carol Leigh / Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Ray Navarro, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, My Barbarian, Brontez Purnell, Mark S. King, Ira Sachs, Ellen Spiro, Nelson Sullivan, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Julie Tolentino, Tourmaline, and James Wentzy. For more information on past Day With(out) Art projects, click here.

To apply, please submit a 250 word written proposal for a new film/video work, an artist statement, a work sample, and a CV through this Google Form.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019.

Final video deadline: September 1, 2019