Visual AIDS presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS to
mark the 29th anniversary of Day With(out) Art. On World AIDS Day,
December 1, 1989, the first Day With(out) Art was created by Visual AIDS
as a national day of mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of
art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning short videos
from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY,
Positive Women’s Network – USA, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma
Action Collective, and VOCAL-NY. The program represents a wide range
of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service
providers to nationwide movement building, while considering the role
of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.
The program seeks to reflect the urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing political concerns.
In their commissioned videos, organizations address intersecting issues including anti-Black violence, HIV criminalization, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.
Book Launch: E se eu fosse puRa of Amara Moira and Putafeminista of Monique Prada. The launch will be followed by a talk with the authors.
Screening: Day With(Out)Art: ALTERNATIVE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS
Talk with com Carué Contreiras
In 1989, to make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone and to inspire positive action, Visual AIDS presented the first Day Without Art organizing museums and art institutions nationwide to cover up their artwork, darken their galleries, and even close for the day—to symbolically represent the chilling possibility of a future without art or artists. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative annual project in which organizations worldwide present exhibitions, screenings and public programs to highlight work by HIV+ artists and artwork addressing current issues around the ongoing AIDS pandemic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST
RISINGS is the 29th annual Day With(out) Art project.
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS, and preserving the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.