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Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

Queer Life Drawing is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting 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.

Queer Life Drawing will present a screening of TRANSMISSIONS at 7pm on the 2nd of December. After the screening a conversation will be facilitated, followed by queer life drawing. If you would like to attend the premiere screening event and Q&A with the artists involved please follow the information below:

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by [institution name]. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. 

Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.

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.

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A Life Model Academic

Calo Giametta joined us to model, discussing his work on queer refugee migrants and sex workers.

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KAM

Artist Kam David Wan posed in his queer festival gear and spoke about his experience of the European club scene in Brussels, Berlin and Glastonbury.

This image was made during a life drawing interview with him in August.

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Nude Cycling

This session featured nude cycling poses to act as a tribute for the naked bicycle ride which was cancelled due to Covid19 in June 2020.

The conversations developed around nudity in the public space and targeting of naked women in the event, with problems occurring about photography and the public.

One male nude cyclist described their experience at a previous event, bringing attention to the fact that when the cyclists stopped at points during the cycle journey, that nude women were photographed more frequently and were therefore encircled by male nude bodies to ‘hide’ them from the camera.

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A discussion about safe spaces for sexual encounters

@nejenk model invited to the event offered up this image of themselves relaxing at a gay sauna for the event poster. They posed for three 15 minute poses and conversations responded to safe sexual spaces of meeting, with reflection on encounters with sexual partners through geolocation dating apps like Grindr and gay saunas.

Although saunas in London are often stigmatised and seen as a taboo, they are important for keeping the community safe. In 2016, four men were murdered by a serial killer in North London at home premises during what they believed would be a sexual encounter. Gay saunas were discussed in a way that protected gay men.

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Artists invited to pose and discuss their work

Developing on the themes of conversations and queer interviews, artists have been invited to pose and discuss their artwork.

Rafael Escardó Espejo, an emerging artist and graduate from Goldsmiths University, posed with body sculptures made for their final BA exhibition, presented as a performance..

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It’s Raining Men

The weather is a feature of the events. After the NHS clap in May – June 2020, a nude weather report was presented, often to Jerry Halliwell’s song, ‘It’s Raining Men!’

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Exercises using Armature

One exercise was to use armature and 3d imaging technology to capture a life pose. The group were able to explore a pose using the Microsoft Kinect software to draw the same pose from three separate view points.

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Inviting a Life Model

This session @bazlifemodel was invited to pose for part of the session.

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The Second Event

Following on from the success of launch, the second event investigated the ideas of Queer domesticity. There were poses formed using cleaning equipment like the vacuum cleaner

Detail of @Tisnewtothee’s drawing was featured in the event poster depicting Miles’ pose with sunglasses, 1950’s motorcycle jacket and a dildo.