This fall I joined the AIDS Activist History Project (AAHP) team as a Research Associate. Working with the co-researchers for the project, Gary Kinsman and Alexis Shotwell, I’ve had the opportunity to research Canadian AIDS activist video culminating in a feature piece about Michael Smith’s 1990 performance Person Livid With AIDS for the 2016 Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day. I also introduced a program of John Greyson’s shorts at the ByTowne Theatre in Ottawa as a kickoff event for World AIDS Awareness Week with the AAHP and the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.
Eight students from my AIDS Film and Video course screened their work as part of an exhibition at VAV Gallery in Montreal. Generations invites viewers to reflect on the changing contexts of HIV/AIDS, thinking through how the pandemic, the discourses which surround it, and the communities it impacts have developed since the onset of the AIDS crisis. The student work was mounted in dialog with a restored projection of Stuart Marshall‘s 1991 video Robert Marshall and I co-hosted a workshop with artist/curator Conal McStravick on intergenerational communication, queer cultural production, and HIV/AIDS at the gallery.
Other Day With(out) Art / World AIDS day projects or writing that I wasn’t a part of, but are worth checking out are: Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan’s Compulsive Practice for Visual AIDS; Matthew Hays’ interview with Gaétan Dugas friend reflecting on his memory; Ted Kerr’s reflection on this year’s new works for Poster/Virus;
The College Art Association’s annual conference is coming up February 15-18 2017. Joe Madura and I will co-host a panel on AIDS and Cultural Activism on Friday the 17th with Avram Finkelstein, LJ Roberts, Aleksandra Gajowy, and Thibault Boulvain. I’m also going to check out the panel hosted by Robert Summers called Queer(ing) Art History? the day before!
Decolonizing Sexualities Network launched their new anthology in October 2016. This collection titled Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions is now available from Counterpress and includes a contribution co-authored by Karma Chávez, Yasmin Nair, and myself about Against Equality. Our chapter is based on our book tour talk from 2014/2015. There are also a bunch of amazing contributors so be sure to check it out!