Thursday 12/01/22 3PM-9PM
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Day With(out) Art 2022: Being & Belonging

Presented with Visual AIDS

Cover Image:

Clifford Prince King, Kiss of Life, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for “Being & Belonging”

The New Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2022 by presenting “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.

The program features 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), and Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (Mexico).

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 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 program runs for approximately one hour and will take place on the hour, beginning at 3 p.m. The last screening is at 8 p.m. Free with Museum admission.

The program will be presented onsite at the New Museum. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.

Video Synopses for “Being & Belonging”

Camila Arce, Memoria Vertical
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, Here We Are: Voices of Black Women Who Live with HIV
Davina “Dee” Conner was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. For 18 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
Through an unfolding collection of images, Nuance reflects the thoughts and feelings exchanged between the artist, who is living with HIV, and his HIV-negative partner.

Clifford Prince King, Kiss of Life
In Kiss of Life, several Black people describe their experiences living with HIV. 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 addresses the alienation and hypervisibility faced as a result of this side effect.

Mikiki, Red Flags, a Love Letter
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.

About Visual Aids

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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