For Day With(out) Art 2020, Visual AIDS presented TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States.
The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), and Charan Singh (India/UK).
The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.
As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.
TRANSMISSIONS premiered on November 30, 2020 as part of a special online event, followed by a panel discussion with the commissioned artists moderated Jih-Fei Cheng and Blake Paskal. A recording of the panel discussion is available here.
TRANSMISSIONS also screened in numerous locations around the world, both online and in-person. See a complete list of screening locations here.