Visual AIDS publishes essays, interviews, and other writing related to HIV-positive artists and broader cultural histories of HIV and AIDS.

April 26, 2024
Ariel Goldberg

If the whole world is (still) watching...

Ariel Goldberg reflects on a demonstration organized by Jewish Voice for Peace at Grand Central Station in 2023, a direct citation of ACT UP’s 1991 demonstration in the same location. Goldberg considers the central role of images for both organizations, not only as a tactic to interrupt news media, but also as a tool to inspire, mobilize, and share knowledge across generations and movements.
April 2, 2024
María José Maldonado

Bianca “Exotica” Maldonado: Iconic Transgender Starlet and My Fierce Aunt

Research Fellow María José Maldonado reflects on the legacy of her aunt, Bianca “Exotica” Maldonado, as an artist, muse, and family member. Bianca appeared frequently on '90s talk shows, speaking about her identity as a trans woman and her work as a dominatrix in New York City. Combining personal memory, oral history interviews with friends and family, and an analysis of television culture, Maldonado presents her aunt as an undeniably fierce cultural force.
March 12, 2024
Ruby Sutton

The Firm and the Yielding: The Art and Life of Luis Frangella

Research Fellow Ruby Sutton charts the artistic development of the late Argentine artist Luis Frangella (1944–1990). Drawing on extensive research in the artist's notebooks, as well as interviews with his friends and family, Sutton provides new insight into Frangella's early life in Argentina, his move to the United States, and his role in the East Village art scene.
February 28, 2024
Megan N. Liberty

Mythological Books, Medicinal Rituals, and the Revival of the African Codex: Reginald Walker’s Artists’ Books

Research Fellow Megan N. Liberty pieces together the life and work of book artist Reginald Walker (1946–1988), who revived African bookmaking traditions in the 1970s, synthesizing avant-garde artists’ books with a non-Western methodology. Rather than an archival absence, Liberty's research uncovered a pattern of archival neglect that has plagued Walker's legacy—"materials exist, but are just waiting for the time and resources needed to process and use them."
February 14, 2024
Eduardo Carrera

The George Febres We Deserve: Photography and Queer Culture

Visual AIDS Research Fellow Eduardo Carrera investigates the artistic oeuvre of George Febres (1943-1996), an Ecuadorian artist, curator, and gallery owner who immigrated to New Orleans in the 1960s. Challenging prevailing interpretations of the artist's work, Carrera foregrounds sexuality and queerness in Febres' art.


Monday May 20, 2024

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