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It's a Wrap, Jess Mac, 2014

For the third issue of his We Who Feel Differently Journal artist Carlos Motta wanted to focus on HIV/AIDS. Part of the larger We Who Feel Differently project, "a database documentary that addresses critical issues of contemporary queer culture", the journal is a "sporadic" platform in which urgent issues impacting the queer community, and that the queer community is impacting, can be addressed. Motta asked former Visual AIDS program manager Ted Kerr to edit the HIV/AIDS issues, available online now. Entitled, Time is Not A Line, the issue is a collection of essays, conversations, stories and images that look at HIV/AIDS now from a vareity of perspectives. Highlights from Time is Not a Line include:

  • Xaviera Simmons asking, “What do we talk about when we talk about HIV/AIDS in the 21st century?" bringing together contemporary art practice and the ongoing crisis of HIV/AIDS.
  • Cyd Nova interviewing Pato Hebert about the legendary publication Corpus, in which Hebert states: “We cannot adequately face AIDS with anything less than our full humanity, and without art we are impoverished beyond all bio-medical repair.”
  • 2014 Visual AIDS Curator in Residence Aimar Arriola quoting a panelist discussing the role of women (including the work of Jessica Whitbread) within the historical and current role of women within the global AIDS movements: “It was the men who opened the door to the fight, but women will be the ones to bring the crisis to a close.”
  • Kenyon Farrow, who when writing about the current state of AIDS activism: “The ability of the mainstream LGBT movement to gain cultural acceptance of gay, lesbian and (increasingly) transgender issues happened on the back of the AIDS crisis.”
  • Motta in conversation with one time Visual AIDS exhibition curator Nathan Lee talking about PrEP: “Since starting PrEP, are you having more sex without condoms? We can take this off the record if you’d like, but I would like to confront directly all the problems and pleasures that arise from this question. This is a part of the PrEP conversation that people are reluctant to discuss, and I think it’s crucial…”
  • Bryn Kelly's short story, “Other Balms, Other Gileads” in which she writes, “Her favorite pharmaceutical—hands-down (and she's tried them all)—is Valium. She has an immense tolerance for it. Valley-yum.”

Accompanying each text are images by artists, many of whom are members of the Visual AIDS Artist Registry including Jessica Whitbread, Shan Kelley, Vincent Chevalier and Jack Waddell.

Read Ted Kerr's introduction for Time is Not A Line, and all the articles listed above by visiting the We Who Feel Differently journal page.

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Jessica Whitbread

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Vincent Chevalier

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Jack Waddell

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Shan Kelley