2022 Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art: Being & Belonging

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the torsos of two men wearing skirts are visible. both have painted nails and hold hands. They are connected by a tangled red cord. The body at right wears white and holds a pill bottle. The body at left wears a sheer yellow skirt and has a piercing.
Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry, Lxs dxs bichudas, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


A mother wearing black and has a fringe haircut hugging her daughter wearing a white button up with a tie that reads "Camiila". The daughter's hair is in two high pigtails.
Camila Arce, Memoria Vertical, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


Faded image of waves sandwiched between two faded images of two piles of white pills. In the lower left corner is the same collage of all three but smaller and being illuminated by a white light.
Jaewon Kim, Nuance, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


Image of two men embracing each other with a kiss behind branches and in front of leafy trees. The man to the left has a beard and mustache. The man on the right has a yellow bandana over his head and has tattoos along his left bicep.
Clifford Prince King, Kiss of Life, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


Collage of images ranging from the restroom (there is a man sitting on the floor with a pixelated face wearing no shirt or pants as he holds a folded reddish-orange towel), shower, and bedroom (black shoe on bed with white sheets).
Mikiki, Red Flag, a Love Letter, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


Five women dressed in white dresses and rompers sitting on a white couch with vibrant, toothy smiles. In the back, there can be seen a white curtain background with light pink flowers to the left.
Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes, Here We Are: Voices of Black Women Who Live with HIV, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging


Two people standing next to each other in a black room with a pill tray hovering over each person. They both wear tan turtlenecks and have pixie haircuts.
Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas, Los Amarillos, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging
Dec 1, 2022 - 10 am - 8 pm
Dec 2, 2022 - 10 am - 4 pm
Dec 3, 2022 - 10 am - 4 pm
Lower Level, Giertz Education Center
Sponsored by Visual AIDS visualaids.org

Join us for a continuous screening over three days, December 1-3, of videos produced for Visual AIDS Day With(Out) Art. The hour-long, looped program will be available in the KAM Education Center on the lower level of the museum, with seating available for individuals and small groups up to 15 people.

Visual AIDS announces Being & Belonging, a program of seven short videos highlighting under-told stories of HIV and AIDS from the perspective of artists living with HIV across the world. Being & Belonging will premiere at over 100 museums and arts organizations on December 1, 2022 for Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day.

Being & Belonging will feature newly commissioned work by:

Camila Arce (Argentina)
Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes (USA)
Jaewon Kim (South Korea)
Clifford Prince King (USA)
Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas (Colombia)
Mikiki (Canada)
Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (México)

From navigating sex and intimacy to confronting stigma and isolation, Being & Belonging centers the emotional realities of living with HIV today. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The seven videos are a call for belonging from those that have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.

The artists in this year’s program were selected through an open call process juried by curator and writer Nico Wheadon, filmmaker Jorge Bordello, artist and curator Ezra Benus, and cultural consultant and health activist Lauraberth Lima.

The hour-long video program will premiere on December 1, 2022, World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art. Visual AIDS partners with museums, galleries, universities, and organizations around the world to present over one hundred free screenings on/around December 1. If you are interested in screening this year’s Day With(out) Art video program, please visit this page for more information.


Video Synopses

Camila Arce, Vertical Memory Archive

Camila Arce presents a poem about the experience of being born with HIV and growing up as part of the first generation with access to antiretroviral medication in South America.

Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes, We Are Here: Voices of Black Women Who Live with HIV

Davina “Dee” Conner was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. For 17 years she knew no one else who lived with HIV. As she emerged from isolation and internalized stigma, Davina sought to understand the journeys of other Black women living with HIV. Here they are. Listen to their voices.

Jaewon Kim, Nuance (working title)

Nuance (working title) depicts a relationship between someone who is living with HIV and their HIV negative partner. Through their entangled yet sometimes isolated lives, the video offers a critical reflection of the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in South Korea today.

Clifford Prince King, Kiss of Life

In Kiss of Life, three Black people living with HIV describe their dating experiences. Raw conversations surrounding disclosure, rejection and self love are expressed through visual poetry and dreamscapes.

Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas, Los Amarillos

In Colombia, many people living with HIV experience jaundice–the yellowing of the eyes and skin–as a side effect of the low cost antiretroviral drugs supplied by the government. Los Amarillos is an experimental video addressing the alienation and hypervisibility that the artists have faced as a result of this side effect.

Mikiki, Red Flag

Through a cacophony of limbs, members, and sounds drawn from the party and play scene, Mikiki interrogates their own substance use and asks how we can return pleasure and trust to conversations about drug use.

Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry, Lxs dxs bichudas

Lxs dxs bichudas offers a poetic dance dialogue in Zapotec and Spanish that explores the ways in which race, gender, and geography shapes the lives and bodies of people living with HIV in Mexico, a country marked by the ideological project of mestizaje.