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Picker Art Gallery 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.
Picker Art Gallery will host a virtual discussion of the films to coincide with World AIDS Day on December 1 from 12-1 pm. Participants will include: Associate Professor of LGBTQ Studies, Danny Barreto; Associate Professor of Global Film and Media, Ani Maitra; Picker Art Gallery Curator and Co-director of University Museums; Nicholas West; and Nizhoni Saenz ’21 and Destiny Sambrano ’21, members of QTPOC, Colgate’s student club for Queer and Trans People of Color. The event will be an informal discussion about the films and the light they shed on the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, especially in developing nations and communities of color. Please join by registering at https://colgate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcu6urzMqHdBx4zg9v8LnR0Ap7tVdSEmu.
Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.
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.
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