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 color in the early 19990s at the intersection of incarceration and HIV & AIDS activism.

About the artist
Katherine “Kat” Cheairs is a filmmaker, educator, curator, activist and community artist. Kat’s areas of interest and research include: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) histories in HIV/AIDS; quantum Black futurity, Black feminist/womanist theory; visual culture; media arts therapy; community arts and social practice; and, critical race theory in art education. Ms. Cheairs is co-curator of Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism, an archival exhibition focusing on the contributions of Black women, transwomen of color, and women of color HIV/AIDS activists from the early 1990s to the present. Kat is the producer and director of the documentary, Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV/AIDS in the African American Family. Kat’s current film projects include Voices at the Gate and In This House, which explores HIV/AIDS narratives through the Black body. Kat has presented on panels at the Tribeca Film Institute, BAM, Pratt Institute, The New School, New York University, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Aperture Foundation, and UnionDocs. Ms. Cheairs holds a Master of Fine Art in Film and Television Production from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. Katherine serves on the Archive Committee for Visual AIDS and is the Director of Education for Howl Arts, Inc. ︎ ︎

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.

About the artist
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 1986, the first government-funded needle exchange program in the UK.

About the artist
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 Center, a LGBT health clinic in Philadelphia, and the direct action campaign by the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative that preceded it

About the artist
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. ︎ ︎

Uriah Bussey is a non-binary archival visual artist and educator from Cobbs Creek, Philly. Their practice spans printmaking, performance, and video and offers a dialogue with their personal archive, death, living spaces, and memory. What they hope to translate is that Black home spaces become a portal. It's a language between us, only. As well as how technology and print plays a function in keeping, sharing, and removing. There are many answers in the "archive", Bussey is trying to figure out what are the right questions to ask. Bussey received their BFA from Kutztown University and is a current artist in residence at 40th Street AIR Program in Philadelphia.

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 widespread theft and looting of medication.

About the artist
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 honorable 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.

About the artist
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 as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, York College/CUNY, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine︎ ︎ ︎ ︎

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.

About the artist
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 Audiovisual 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, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Lima, and Colombia. ︎ ︎