December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity to honor the 38 million people currently living with HIV and AIDS around the world, while also commemorating those we have lost. The Fowler presents an afternoon of powerful programs, culminating in a book signing to mark the release of the photo book Through Positive Eyes (2019), coedited by Gideon Mendel and David Gere, and published by Aperture.
1pm: We present a screening of How to Survive a Plague (2012).
3pm: The Catharsis Project led by artivist, storyteller, and choreographer Thomas Davis offers a dance program about communities affected by HIV.
3:30pm: The UCLA Sex Squad performs new hip-hop choreography by Jackie Lopez.
3:30–4:30pm: Project cofounder and curator David Gere will be available to sign copies of the new publication Through Positive Eyes, featuring photography and stories by 130 HIV-positive arts activists from ten cities around the world: Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, London, and Durban. Light refreshments will be served.
Throughout the afternoon 1–4pm: Members of the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective share their experiences living with HIV in the final gallery of the exhibition Through Positive Eyes.
Related Exhibition: Through Positive Eyes
Photography, video, and live storytelling components produced by people living with HIV and AIDS offer intimate access to everyday and extraordinary life moments from their perspectives. Their artistic statements are powerful tools for combating stigma, one of the most formidable barriers to fighting the epidemic.
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $13/day. Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.