June 15- August 11, 2017

The 8th Floor, 17 West 17 Street New York, NY 10011

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm

VOICE = SURVIVAL, an exhibition curated by Claudia Maria Carrera and Adrian Geraldo Saldaña for Visual AIDS, examines voice as a medium and a metaphor used by artists and activists confronting oppression amid the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The multidisciplinary exhibition features work and archival materials by ACT UP, Jordan Arseneault and PosterVirus, yann beauvais, Mykki Blanco and Adinah Dancyger, Chloe Dzubilo, Gran Fury, Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vazquez, Shan Kelley, Audre Lorde, Donald Moffett, Pat Parker, Bob Rafsky, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Marlon Riggs, LJ Roberts, James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, Vito Russo, Kiki Smith, Ultra-red, Rosa von Praunheim, and David Wojnarowicz.

Related Programing:

• Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 6:30–8:30pm

YOUR SILENCE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU: ON AUDRE LORDE & DAVID WOJNAROWICZ with Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds, Anneliis Beadnell, Pamela Sneed and Marvin Taylor.

• Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 6:30–8:30pm

MARLON RIGGS & “No Regret”: DISCLOSURE, PERFORMATIVITY & LEGACY with Kiyan Williams, Ni'Ja Whitson, and Tavia Nyong’o.

• CLOSING: Friday, August 11, 2017 from 6:30–8:30pm

CURATOR & ARTISTS TOUR with VOICE=SURVIVIAL curators Claudia Carrera and Adrian Saldaña and participating artists Jordan Arseneault, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, LJ Roberts, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook, Robert Sember (Ultra-red) and James Wentzy.

VOICE = SURVIVAL is presented by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Visual AIDS.

The title of the show, VOICE = SURVIVAL inverts the ACT UP movement’s rallying cry of SILENCE=DEATH. The exhibition is comprised of works that mobilize the multivalent concepts of silence and vocality, and the effectiveness of vocal empowerment to fight for individual and communal survival. It explores the entanglement of the voice and its absence with battleground concepts in HIV/AIDS activism such as agency and citizenship, language and representation, and inter/subjectivity and the body. VOICE = SURVIVAL weaves sound and video works together and includes excerpts from seminal pieces such as Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied (1989) alongside contemporary works like Adinah Dancyger’s 2016 video of Mykki Blanco reciting Zoe Leonard’s 1992 poem, ”I want a president…” Read More.

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