Through a cacophony of limbs, members, and sounds drawn from the party and play scene, Mikiki speaks with other drug users about the possibilities of representing the pleasure of substance use beyond the framework of harm.
Commissioned in 2022 as part of BEING AND BELONGING, a program of seven new videos highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic.
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About the artist
Mikiki (they/them) is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland, Canada. Their work has been presented. Their identity as a queer artist and activist has necessitated a porous boundary between what is labelled art-making or activism versus ‘being’ in the world. Mikiki has worked as a high school sexuality educator, a bathhouse attendant, drag karaoke hostess, in various capacities in the gay men's health and HIV response, and in harm reduction outreach and HIV testing literally all over Canada. Mikiki is irregularly found hosting their Golden Girls screening and queer cultural studies lecture series “Rose Beef.” ︎ ︎ ︎