For the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS commissioned STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven short videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,”* the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades.
STILL BEGINNING screened internationally at over 115 venues on/around December 1, 2019, World AIDS Day. See a complete list of screening locations here.
Visual AIDS organized marquee screenings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum (in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.