For LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN 2022, Visual AIDS and the Fire Island Artist Residency invited artists, activists, and HIV positive women to create hundreds of heartfelt valentine cards with handmade paper from Dieu Donné. These valentines were on view at MoMA PS1 during the first weekend in February.

Following the activation, the valentines were mailed around the world to HIV positive women in time for Valentine’s Day. Since 2015, the project has distributed over 3,000 cards in order to fight stigma, create community, and empower women living with HIV.

This program is a collaboration between Visual AIDS, the Fire Island Artist Residency, Dieu Donné, Positive Women's Network — USA, and The Well Project. We thank MoMA PS1 for hosting this activation as part of an ongoing partnership between Visual AIDS and the museum.

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN is an international series of events that uses Valentines Day as a backdrop, creating a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Working from a place of strength, LPW focuses on the idea of interconnectedness, relationship building, loving oneself and loving ones community. LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN is an ongoing project established by Visual AIDS artist member Jessica Whitbread in 2013.

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN is funded in part by a generous three year grant from ViiV Healthcare.

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Jessica Whitbread