ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS

Newly commissioned videos by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona McClodden and Brontez Purnell premiering on World AIDS Day 2017.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program looks to prioritize Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven artists—Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona McClodden and Brontez Purnell—to create new short videos to be screened internationally on/around December 1, 2017.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS on Black communities, Black voices and experiences are continually excluded from larger narratives both outside and within artistic contexts. Considering that in 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States, it is increasingly urgent to consider the myriad of individual stories housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS also seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including black queer and trans folks. Together, the program provides a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Day With(out) Art 2017 is made possible through the generous support of
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.