Day With(out) Art
1 -4 December 2021, 12-4pm
Screenings by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project commissioned by Visual Aids.
The programme of films will loop continuously each day.
The Bower is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2021 by presenting ENDURING CARE, a video programme highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic.
From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication, ENDURING CARE centers stories of collective care, mutual aid, and solidarity while pointing to the negligence of governments and non-profits. The program’s title suggests a dual meaning, honouring the perseverance and commitment of care workers yet also addressing the potential for harm from medications and healthcare providers. ENDURING CARE disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, recasting community work as a lasting form of medicine.
Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis.
Katherine Cheairs, Voices at the Gate juxtaposes the bucolic landscapes inhabited by women’s prisons with archival and contemporary audio recordings of poems, essays and interviews by current and formerly incarcerated women of color living with HIV and AIDS.
Katherine 'Kat' Cheairs is a filmmaker, educator, curator, activist and community artist. Kat’s areas of interest and research include: HIV & AIDS; visual culture; media arts therapy; community arts; and, critical race theory in art education. She is a co-curator of Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism, an archival exhibition focusing on the contributions of Black cis women, transwomen of colour, and women of colour activists on HIV/AIDS activism from the early 1990s to the present.
Cristóbal Guerra, Nobleza(s) de Sangre - Two fragmented interviews with artists living with HIV in Puerto Rico mediate an audiovisual invocation of the late Boricua poet Manuel Ramos Otero who passed away from complications of the virus in 1990. Guerra sets out to translate work Manuel deemed untranslatable, investigating the ongoing passions that informed his work.
Cristóbal Guerra is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto Rico. Their work currently combines experimental video, documentary film, language justice and text to explore ideas of home, el caribe, queerness and belonging.
Danny Kilbride, The Mersey Model - Danny Kilbride interviews Professor John Ashton, a public health official who helped institute the Mersey Model of Harm Reduction in Liverpool in the mid-80s, the first government-funded needle exchange program in the UK.
Danny Kilbride is a community filmmaker based in Liverpool UK. He is the founding Director at 'Thinking Film', a not-for-profit organisation that exists to provide marginalised communities with a voice and tell stories that challenge the way people see the world.
Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, #Medstrike: Confronting the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
A chronicle of Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad’s 2017 medication strike against the Mazzoni Centre, a LGBT health clinic in Philadelphia, and the direct action campaign by the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative that preceeded it.
Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad is a Philadelphia born writer, organizer, and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op. In their work, they often trouble ideas of medical surveillance, bodily autonomy, and Blackness.
Beto Pérez, In the Future tells the stories of people living with HIV in Mexico who have been unable to access treatment because of government corruption and widespread theft and looting of medication.
Beto Pérez is a documentary filmmaker and television producer working in Tlaxcala, Mexico. He is the co-founder and president of the cultural organization Coarco (Colectivo Arte Contemporáneo). In 2018, his docu-series “Tlaxcala Indigena” received an honourable mention from the National Journalism Prize.
Steed Taylor, I Am a Long-Term AIDS Survivor. Through a chorus of voices, Steed Taylor explores the difficulties of being a long-term AIDS survivor and the unexpected health problems facing many senior survivors.
Steed Taylor's art includes public works as well as art for gallery settings. Shown nationally and internationally, solo shows include University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy. Recent commissions for his public art include Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Arlington VA, New York City, New Orleans and West Palm Beach.
J Triangular and the Women's Video Support Project, 滴水希望 (Hope Drops). A collaborative video project made with women living in Taiwan who use their cameras to process stress and stigma, and to share their experiences living with HIV.
J Triangular is an independent curator, experimental filmmaker, and multimedia poet. Colombia born, Taiwan based. Graduated in film studies and screenwriting at TAI University School of Arts, Madrid, Spain. She received her master's degree in experimental documentary at the Cinema and Audio-visual School of Catalonia, Spain. Her work consistently addresses themes such as community identity, self-empowerment, care practices, and promoting communication and solidarity. In 2019, J was the international curator in residence at Visual AIDS with her project The Whole World is Watching which has been exhibited internationally in Taipei, Tokyo, Kyoto, Mexico City, Lima, and Colombia.