Grey Art Gallery at New York University 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 the Grey. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University will host live virtual programming on December 1 to mark Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day and celebrate Thomas Sokolowski, the Zimmerli’s late director and previous director of the Grey Art Gallery, who passed away in May. Since 1989, Day With(out)Art has served as a national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis initiated by Visual AIDS, which Sokolowski helped found. This program is presented in collaboration with Rutgers Global and Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Zimmerli’s December 1st programming includes a live Zoom panel on the historical and contemporary intersections of HIV/AIDS advocacy and the arts, with a special emphasis on the role Tom Sokolowski played in founding Visual AIDS. To register for the 7pm panel and Q&A, please click here. To view all December 1st programming at the Zimmerli, click here.
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.