From 1 to 7 December 2021
Online

MACBA partners with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2021 and presents ENDURING CARE, a video programme highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. The programme features newly commissioned work by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.

The videos will be screened online for free during a week on the MACBA website.

From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication, ENDURING CARE centres on stories of collective care, mutual aid and solidarity, while pointing to the negligence of governments and non-profits. The programme’s title suggests a dual meaning, honouring the perseverance and commitment of care workers while 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 and recasts community work as a lasting form of medicine.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilises art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy; because AIDS is not over.

ENDURING CARE, Day With(out) Art 2021. Visual AIDS

Programme

Katherine Cheairs, Voices at the Gate

Voices at the Gate juxtaposes the bucolic landscapes inhabited by women’s prisons with archival and contemporary audio recordings of poems, essays and interviews produced by women of colour in the early 1990s at the intersection of incarceration and HIV & AIDS activism.

Katherine “Kat” Cheairs is a filmmaker, educator, curator, activist and community artist. Her new project, In This House, currently in development, is a video installation exploring HIV/AIDS narratives through the Black body.

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 Ramos deemed untranslatable, investigating the ongoing passions that informed his work.

Cristóbal Guerra is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto Rico. His 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 programme in the UK.

Danny Kilbride is a community filmmaker based in Liverpool, UK, and founding director of Thinking Film, a non-profit which provides marginalised communities with a voice, telling stories that challenge how 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 Center, a LGBT health clinic in Philadelphia, and the direct action campaign by the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative that preceded it.

Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad is a Philadelphia-born writer, organiser 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

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 the widespread theft and looting of medication.

Beto Pérez is a documentary filmmaker and television producer working in Tlaxcala, Mexico. He is co-founder and president of the cultural organisation Coarco and was honoured for his work in the docuseries Tlaxcala Indígena.

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 solo shows in gallery settings across the US and abroad. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America and Playboy Magazine.

J Triangular amb el 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 from Colombia. In 2019, she was the international curator in residence at Visual AIDS with her project The Whole World is Watching.

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