Friday 12/01/23 12PM-5PM
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Day With(out) Art 2023: Everyone I Know Is Sick

Presented with Visual AIDS

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Hiura Fernandes and Lili Nascimento, Aquela criança com AID$ (That Child with AID$), 2023. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for “Everyone I Know Is Sick”

The New Museum is proud to continue its partnership with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2023. This year’s presentation, “Everyone I Know Is Sick,” will screen five short videos that share 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 Dorothy Cheung (Hong Kong), Hiura Fernandes and Lili Nascimento (Brazil), Beau Gomez (Canada/Philippines), Dolissa Medina and Ananias P. Soria (USA), and Kurt Weston (USA).


The program runs for approximately one hour and will take place on the hour, beginning at 12 p.m. The last screening is at 4 p.m. Free with registration, below.

Video Synopses for “Everyone I Know is Sick”

Dorothy Cheung, Heart Murmur
Heart Murmur invites people living with HIV in Hong Kong to reflect on their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, juxtaposing their voices with the urban landscape.

Hiura Fernandes and Lili Nascimento, Aquela criança com AID$ (That Child with AID$)
That Child with AID$ tells the story of Brazilian advocate and artist Lili Nascimento, who was born with HIV in 1990. Lili has worked to expand narratives about living with HIV beyond the limited images and ideologies that permeate the AIDS industry.

Beau Gomez, This Bed I Made
This Bed I Made presents the bed as a place of solace and agency beyond just a site of illness or isolation. Through shared stories of individuals living with HIV in the Philippines, this video explores modes of care, restoration, and abundance amid pandemic pervasion.

Dolissa Medina and Ananias P. Soria,Viejito/Enfermito/Grito (Old Man/Sick Man/Shout)
Ananias, a San Francisco Bay Area artist and immigrant, performs the folkloric Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Old Men). Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, where the dance originates, Ananias interprets its movements through the lens of his spirituality, his long-term HIV-related disabilities, and his search for a place in the world.

Kurt Weston, Losing the Light
Losing the Light reflects the artist’s bitter battle to stay in this world as a long-term survivor of AIDS who lost his vision to CMV retinitis. An experimental self-portrait, the video evokes the dissolution and fragmentation of the artist’s body, representing the impact of blindness, long-term HIV infection, and the cumulative effects of decades of antiretroviral medication.

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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