VMG is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), and Charan Singh (India/UK).
The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.
As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.
TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by VMG. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. The films will then be hosted on the VMG website, beginning December 1st, where site visitors can experience them throughout December 2020.
As part of Day With(out) Art 2020, artist Michael Espinoza will be premiering a performance and hosting a live lecture the following night on December 1st at 5 PM MST. “Bound: a ritual for Queer Ancestors lost to AIDS” is a virtual ritual that asks viewers to consider the empty spaces left by victims of the AIDS pandemic. Click the above link to register, and learn more about their performance here.