For Day With(out) Art 2021, Visual AIDS presented ENDURING CARE, a video program highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic.
The program features newly commissioned work by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.
From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication, ENDURING CARE centers stories of collective care, mutual aid, and solidarity while pointing to the negligence of governments and non-profits. The program’s title suggests a dual meaning, honoring the perseverance and commitment of care workers yet also addressing the potential for harm from medications and healthcare providers. ENDURING CARE disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, recasting community work as a lasting form of medicine.
The commissioned were selected through an open call process juried by Ivy Arce, Jean Carlomusto, Thomas Allen Harris, and Mathew Rodriguez.
ENDURING CARE premiered at the Brooklyn Museum on December 1, 2021 for World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art, and also screened at 120+ museums, art institutions, and universities around the world. See a complete list of screening locations here.