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DPS DIARY - Enduring Care, Visual AIDS

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

The other job that The Bower has suggest I could try to do is to organise the showing of 7 films made for the annual 'DAY WITH(OUT) ART' to raise awareness for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

So far I am not absolutely sre what this will invlove but I have been researching the organisation, watching the films, reading about the artists.

I also had a go at writing a description for the gallery even webpage:


Commissioned by Visual Aids, on December 1st The Bower will be screening films by:

Katherine Chairs, 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.

Back again for 2021, The Bower is delighted to partner with Visual AIDS for their annual Day With(out) Art.

This year we are exhibiting ENDURING CARE, a program of 7 films that look to the importance of care and community within the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. ENDURING CARE, was chosen to name the project as it has the potential for dual readings; the commitment of care workers and/or the long-term endurance needed throughout the lives of those being cared for.

The seven videos each view group and community support efforts as a direct method to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS on the lives of sufferers and their loved ones. The films highlight a history of negligence and misunderstanding. Of healthcare providers, governments and non-profits and the impacts of their actions. They instead suggest activities of collective care, mutual aid and community. Showing us the possibilities of these spaces as important, effective and far less potentially harmful.

ENDURING CARE disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, recasting community work as a lasting form of medicine.

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. In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis.


I have also asked them to write out an email to me detailing what they are hoping I will do during the placent with them.

After what happened with Copy Press I am wanting to be absolutely sure.

And anyway, I am not sure yet.

From what I can think of I suppose we need to:

- Advertise event - make a poster for the even of some way of letting the local community know about the event. So I will have to talk with them about how they usually advertise the shows that they put on.

- Create Information hand out.

- Are they thinking of making a publication?

- Work out how the films will be shown - monitor or projector.

- Will we repaint the room ? or cover it somehow?

- seating?

- how many people in at any one time?

- Order of films shown and timings - Should I think of working out what time of day each film will play? or in that too much? They are only short films so the total run time will likely be around an hour and a half. ( we dont have full info yet on all films)

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