The Artist’s Voice: Kia Labeija
Studio Museum in Harlem
Visual AIDS and The Studio Museum in Harlem were pleased to commemorate the 26th annual Day With(out) Art with The Artist's Voice: Kia Labeija. This multi-part program began with the uptown screening of RADIANT PRESENCE, a digital slideshow of images from the Visual AIDS Artist Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. Following the screening was an artist talk in which Harlem Postcards artist and 2014 Visual AIDS Vanguard Award recipient, Kia Labeija was joined by Antwaun Sargent to discuss Labeija's multi-disciplinary art in photography, performance and installation, and explore the intersections of community, politics and fine art.
RADIANT PRESENCE showcases the resilience and vitality of Visual AIDS's Artist Members and their artwork, preserving the radiance of those who have passed while provoking dialogue about the needs and experiences of people living with HIV. RADIANT PRESENCE provokes conversations about HIV criminalization and stigma, access to treatment, the shifting demographics of people living with HIV and the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on communities of color and transwomen.
Kia Labeija is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, performance and installation. Her work explores the intersections of community, politics and fine art. She is the recipient of the 2014 Visual AIDS Vanguard award for her work as an artist and activist and has been featured in POZ magazine’s POZ 100 list of HIV/AIDS activists under 30, A member of the Iconic House of LaBeija, she is Grand Prize winner of Women's Performance at the 2015 New York Awards Ball and at GMHC's Latex Ball 2014. She is also the recipient of the Hector Xtravaganza Xcellence Award. Her first highly publicized photography series “24” has been prominently featured in the La MaMa exhibition "Ephemera As Evidence” and is currently touring nationally in Art, AIDS, America, curated by Rock Hushka and Jonnathan Katz. A native New Yorker, she is an alumni of the Juilliard School and the Ailey School, where she trained in music and dance at a young age. She is a graduate of The New School University, with a BA in the Arts. Her work is currently being shown amongst Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowicz.
Antwaun Sargent is a culture writing at the intersection of art and politics. His work appears frequently online for Interview Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE, and The Creators Project.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015