ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS
Open Space partners with Visual AIDS to present ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day on December 1 at 7:30 pm.
Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell.
Over 100 partnering institutions across the world will also screen the program on December 1st! Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
This is a free film screening with doors opening at 7:00 pm. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Allicia Chalifour from HEPCBC, Kemi Craig from Students of Colour Collective UVic, and ~birch an artist and community activist. Megan Quigley with be moderating. Open Space is grateful to the Vancouver Island Persons with AIDS Society and The Students of Colour Collective at University of Victoria for partnering on the presentation of this screening.
Discussion Panel Bios:
Allicia Chalifour is a Plains Cree and Metis artist, who is and has been an experiential community worker on the island.
Robert Birch is a cisgender Radical Faery, Reclaiming witch and longtime eco-faggot and HIV activist. He lives with his bread baking farmer husband of 20 years on the Coast Salish island xʷənen̕əč, presently known as Salt Spring Island, belonging to the SENĆOŦEN peoples. ~birch often investigates spaces between the roles of writer, counsellor, performance ritualist, teacher and academic. His recent failed attempt as a social scientist involved researching how to host private sex parties -only to rediscover he's much better at co-hosting these events himself as an international co-facilitator of early queer visionary Harry Hay's final project exploring gay male intimacy (see www.faeriesexmagick.org).
Kemi Craig is an American of African descent currently living in the unceded, traditional territories of WSANEC and Lkwungen speaking peoples. Her art practice works through movement and contemporary analogue film to explore ideas of raced and gendered experiences as lived through the simultaneity of past, present and future.
Megan Quigley is an emerging artist and curator of mixed Irish and Filipina descent, living and working as a guest in Lekwungen Territories. Her current projects include the Feeling Measurements residency at Open Space with artist Kerri Flannigan and collaborators, which engages Queer navigations of space, stories, histories, and geographies.
Image: Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (the demo), 2017. Film still courtesy of the artist.