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We do not tread the way that is conducted by reason! The white-born reason, from white Greece… So pale and thirsting for blood… Reason built insane asylums and raised prisons… It is necessary to be very rational to calculate punishments, as long as productivity does not decline, and faith remains… Yes, even faith becomes inebriated…

Mandala Art and the Story Behind How I Made It

By Ayu Oktariani I was living with HIV for 8 years when I decide to pregnant. It’s been a long journey to make that decision. Waiting for the man who understand each other and want to take responsibility of having a child free from HIV. My husband is HIV Negative, so of course it’s easier…

HIV/AIDS Testimonial Art Story

Joyce McDonald is an artist in many senses of the word. She is, of course, a literal artist: a talented painter and sculptor whose works often capture in stark relief the gamut of emotions she’s experienced throughout her colorful life. Joyce is also a weaver of words: not just as a poet or a songwriter (she…

Breathing Seeing Life

My art practice has always been tied into what is happening around me. I am constantly seeing and hearing things that really need to be manifested as visual. In any given day I probably get 30 ideas for pieces. That’s the easy part but what’s more difficult is trying to decipher if it merits the…

Luv Til It Hurts

I am grateful for community. For me, I find the most healing when I find community with others living with HIV. When I can share and hold space with another survivor (anyone still living with the virus is a survivor). It means the world to meet another person, who is a survivor of all the…

Sex Work-as-art, Sex Worker-as-artist: the art of Dinah de Riquet-Bons.

Written by Nic Holas for The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism “Build bridges with groups made invisible to society because of fear, phobia, racism, discrimination and stigma. Trans sex workers of colour are the most vulnerable and least consulted. Building bridges means sitting at the table when decisions are made.” Those are the words…

Sanandome

L’Orangelis Thomas Negron January 31st San Juan, Puerto Rico Lo más práctico que aprendí del amor, fue durante el proceso de sanación de la última depresión que sentí después de verano. El proceso de la sanación es, para mi, un ciclo de apoderamiento sobre conciencias, herramientas, narrativas y poderes, que nos mueve de un punto…

More Than Thirty Years

For more than Thirty years,  The same doors swing open, While rusty ones slam shut. I am and have been HIV-positive 11,000 days. Why is this virus different than a cold virus?  Why do rules bar me from certain pleasures? What difference did it ever make to most people? How come the world forgot to…

Arts Empowerment

By Wanda Hernandez Parks Chair on the board of Directors of Vocal-NY, cofounder of the Women Empowerment Art Therapy group, with Shirlene Cooper. I have encountered many great organizations, but only one connects art and activism. I became a member of Visual AIDS in 2014, when I attended the Love Positive Women event. I immediately…

ON LOVE

. It is nothing new that there is a project of extermination on course, it did not begin yesterday and it will not end tomorrow… a project that aims at profit and that is managed by the market… In which some bodies are more “dieable” than others. The subject with rights is the cis-hetero-white man,…