featured gallery for October 2021

The impossibility to make a thing remain still

**Update 11/9: Through the end of November view a special screening of "God Has AIDS" by Gustavo Vinagre and Fábio Leal. Scroll to the end of the gallery to watch.

"The impossibility to make a thing remain still", is proposed as a depository of thoughts and feelings. It is not intended to be objective or to make a solid statement, I am a player, playing the role of a selector, looking for pieces of myself reflected in the works of others. I am not talking here about a solid discourse but about a puzzle in constant movement. Each piece is matched with another, or they are related through a failure of correspondence. I am drawing a blurry landscape of time and actions. I want this to be personal, an invitation to be part of the game, to be a player, an observer, to take this as an opportunity to question yourself, to judge, to approve, to like or dislike the art of others and to overall recognize yourself as a thing in motion.

"The impossibility to make a thing remain still", reflects on movement and change and on how we as artists contribute to spinning the wheel that keeps the universe in motion through our practice, regardless of life and death, challenges, success or failure. Through the work of these artists, I speculate on them and encounter questions: Is their work some kind of evidence of an unfinished picture? Where did they go after the work was done? Where are they now? In which stage of reality are they moving? Do we understand them clearly? Where will our minds go after learning about them? Will we still be the same? I dare to say: I hope not.

The October’s web gallery is a proposal in expansion, it requires to be ignited by the meeting of minds and ideas. To keep it moving, I am inviting you to share both your views and feelings about a specific work, artist or the entire gallery. Feel free to send me an email with what you think should be added and I will update it here, during the month. I intend to start the conversation by saying that putting together this online exhibition has been a way to understand myself as an HIV+ human, recently diagnosed in 2021. This collection of works questions my new position in the world.

I am honored to share the following selection of works that will challenge ideas and positions surrounding movement and stillness, through the works of Szymon Adamczak, Hunter Reynolds, Kissa Millar, Vasilios Papapitsios, Eric Rhein, Paul Thek, Santiago Lemus, Benjamin Fredrickson, Michael Harwood, Marisela La Grave, Charles Ryan Long, Vincent Chevalier, Dudu Quintanilha, Scott Hunt, Teiji Furuhashi, and Camilo Huntertexas.
We will find in their works solid pieces that once combined together invite us to perform ourselves as political bodies in movement.

I encourage that you look up more of Szymon Adamczak's "An Ongoing Song" work in a Google folder he set up for us: shorturl.at/dBJQX

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Juan Betancurth


God has AIDS, 2021
Directed by Gustavo Vinagre, Fábio Leal
(11/9 special addition to the web gallery courtesy Gustavo Vinagre)

Password: HIVHS

Forty years after the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, seven artists and an activist doctor, all of them living with HIV, share new perspectives on serophobia, racism in gay circles, ignorance, and the invisibility of women with HIV/AIDS in Brazil. They manage to challenge hate and discrimination through a range of different mediums, empowering HIV positive people and giving a better sense of their bodies and mortality.


Gustavo Vinagre graduated in Arts from University of Sao Paulo. Graduated in screenplay writing at International School of Film and TV,Cuba. Among the films he directed are "New Dubai" (2014), "I Remember More of the Crows" (2018), "The Blue Rose of Novalis" (2019), "Vil,má" (2020), "Unlearning to Sleep” (2021). Fábio Leal is a director, screenwriter and actor. Directed the short films "O Porteiro do Dia" (2016) and "Reforma" (2018). He is currently developing his first fiction feature, "O Vale dos Homossexuals".