Institute 193, the innovative gallery and publisher, has announced the publication of Eric Rhein: Lifelines
This is the first book from artist Eric Rhein: a unique monograph-memoir spanning three decades of his life and artwork. It features intimate photographs taken between 1989 and 2012—including self-portraits and images of friends and lovers from the period between Rhein’s HIV diagnosis, his near death, and the returning vitality that new medications would afford him. As a personal response to the AIDS crisis, these compelling portraits highlight tenderness and care as life-saving forces.
The book also includes watercolors, delicate assemblages, and wire drawings—notably his ongoing project Leaves, an AIDS memorial honoring over 300 individuals whom Rhein knew.
Eric’s work embodies love, touch, connection to nature, and to familial and regional history. The artist draws from his Kentucky roots and his family relationship with his uncle Lige Clarke—a gay rights pioneer of the 1960s and 70s. They are inspirations for his art and activism. Rhein mines collective and personal narratives, formulating pieces that are both poetic and documentary.
“. . . .Eric Rhein’s most recent book, is an emotional journey through intimate scenes where Eric, his friends, and his lovers share time and space during the AIDS crisis of the 90’s—a time of extreme duress and pain. “Feelings” is a word I often associate with Eric’s gentle artworks: longing, love, lust, life—and this page-turner of a book is ripe with outbursts of intimate emotions. In his photographs and sculptures, Eric memorializes lives lost to AIDS, but he also rightfully celebrates his own survival. I am happy Eric is still here with us and able to communicate what it feels like to have survived a past that informs the experience of living in the present.”
— Carlos Motta, artist, activist, and documentarian
The book includes essays by National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty; former Institute 193 Director Paul Michael Brown; and Rhein. Of Eric’s work, Doty writes, “These images affirm the desiring self at a moment when desire had become dangerous…”
About Eric Rhein: Eric has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and his work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Huffington Post, ARTnews, Vanity Fair, and Art in America. New York Times critic Holland Cotter wrote of Rhein’s work: “…the combination of art and craft, delicacy and resiliency, feminine and masculine, is exquisitely wrought and is, as it should be, seductive but disturbing.” Eric Rhein is included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project.
About the publisher: Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South.
Release date: November 10th, 2020
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Originally HIV2020 was to be held in Mexico City as an alternate meeting to AIDS2020 that was to be held in San Francisco. The biennial AIDS conference is a big show, and cities compete to host it for its business. There’s a tenet of the meeting that it alternates between ‘north’ and ‘south’ countries. AIDS2018 was in Amsterdam, but for some reason the decision that it be in San Francisco was made, which in turn gave rise to HIV2020. Luv ’til it Hurts was launched at AIDS2018 with a postcard series by the artist Kairon Liu and his project, Humans as Hosts. And, since it’s a two-year project (at first), we have a major milestone now two years later as both AIDS2020 and HIV2020 go totally online due to COVID19.
The ANKH Association and Luv-affiliated artist, Alberto Pereira Jr. proposed a physical exhibition and live performance respectively for HIV2020 under the title ‘Luv ‘til It Hurts: Experiences from Egypt & Brazil’ (and before COVID19 struck). These are now both online in the virtual art exhibit convened by HIV2020. See: https://www.hiv2020.org/hiv2020-ope-005
Back when HIV2020 was to be a physical event in Mexico City, we were considering how to pay for travel, registration and lodging. For lodging, the project Human Hotel by Danish duo Wooloo offered to help find housing using their local network in Mexico DF. A big THANKS to Wooloo for offering this, and a big CONGRATS to Ankh Association and Alberto Pereira Jr. for their entries to HIV2020 Online!!!
Luv ‘til it Hurts began as a two-year, uncharted project about HIV and Stigma. An odyssey, of sorts. Yet, a limited set of questions. A discussion that grew into a team. Its next-life is aligned with our urgency to keep talking… talking in different directions and including others. The experience of many, once a minefield of individual fears, instigates the rumbling of collective production power. We’re gathering our ideas on a common table, and planning for a future whose hope is in the disruption of our present. We are convinced that to strategize our next steps we need more than single linear energies, but a group, a multitude of voices prepared to sing (and shout), to harmonize and also disarrange. Luv ‘til it Hurts is a platform for real bodies to come onboard and co-pilot its playful unfolding, one set of interaction generating the next. Alberto Pereira Jr. (Brasil), Brad Walrond, Paula Nishijima, Todd Lanier Lester, Every Where Alien (US), ANKH Association (Egypt), Humans as Hosts (Taiwan), Love Positive Women, Nhimbe Trust (Zimbabwe), Luciérnagas (Colombia) … and morphing. Embark immediately*!
[*We invite you to check out the new website (www.luvtilithurts.co) that sprang up around the two-year mark. Right now Alberto’s video performance is holding space there, but by the end of July the whole site will be in plain view. And, you will see what we’re thinking about for the future of luv.]
HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response
Mexico City, July 6-8, 2020
Human rights conditions in the United States of America (U.S.) have worsened, since the presidential election of Donald Trump. This is especially true for immigrants from Muslim, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, as well as for people of color, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and sex workers. Legal travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. on sex workers and people who use drugs, will make it very difficult for our communities to enter the country.
Against the recommendations of community advocates worldwide, including the national networks of people living with HIV in the U.S., the International AIDS Society (IAS) chose the U.S. as the site for its next International AIDS Conference in 2020. Their decision creates a dilemma for many in the global HIV movement and reveals a willingness by mainstream HIV actors to tolerate the discrimination of people from Muslim, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people in U.S. immigration and travel policies. The decision also resurfaces questions about the importance and community-relevance of large, multi-million-dollar conferences in the face of shrinking investment in the global HIV response. The costs of medicines and other barriers to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services like stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization, continue to plague the HIV response worldwide.
An alliance of global key population-led networks, networks of people living with HIV, treatment activists, and our supporters, has formed to organize an alternative international community-led event. Titled, HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, the event is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, July 6-8, 2020, and will run concurrently with the first half of the international AIDS conference. The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organize the community-led event to provide a safe alternative for individuals who cannot or will not enter the U.S. in 2020 or who cannot afford to attend AIDS2020. It will also offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.
HIV2020 will be key population-led, inter-disciplinary, sex positive, and will focus on the following topics: community-led responses to HIV; funding and service disparities; sexual and reproductive health and rights; universal health coverage; decriminalization of HIV transmission, exposure, and non-disclosure, drug use, homosexuality, and sex work; gender equity and trans inclusion; economic and racial justice; eliminating homophobia, transphobia, and whorephobia; ending violence against cis and transgender women, gay men, sex workers, and people who use drugs; and coalition work. Specifically, HIV2020 aims to:
1. Build safe and friendly space for the equitable exchange of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise by ensuring diverse voices are heard and reflected;
2. Promote community-led solutions and good practice in sexual health and human rights;
3. Amplify community voices in calling out the inequities experienced across key populations and specific legal restrictions on some key populations’ right to freedom of movement;
4. Demonstrate the importance of meaningful involvement of communities in health and human rights responses;
5. Reaffirm community commitments and priorities to global health and human rights responses (inclusive of HIV);
6. Model an innovative approach for deliberating new research, tools, and strategies and their real-life implications, with communities as equal partners.
—Call to Action—
We are calling for advocates, community-based organizations, healthcare and services providers, researchers, public health officials, and funders to stand in solidarity with HIV2020. Collectively, we must insist on the meaningful engagement of people living with and disproportionately affected by HIV in the global response. And we must stand together against the discrimination of people from Muslim, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender people.
—Become an Endorser—
We are seeking organizations to sign onto the above statement, as well as to issue their own statements of solidarity and to commit to disseminating information about HIV2020 as it becomes available.
Individuals are invited to participate with conversations online with the hashtag #ReclaimTheResponse
To become an endorser, sign up here.
Relatoría 13 Julio
Arte / VIH
José Fernando Serrano
Fernando habló de su proyecto de residencias Más arte más acción. Dice que para el arte debe accionar. También habló de la importancia de la crítica
En diálogo con José Fernando se tocaron los siguientes temas:
Activismo / Violencia / LGBTI / proceso de paz / activismo LGBTI en Colombia / LGBTI con la paz (ahí se trabajó el tema Venezuela)
La historia e historias del VIH en general en relación a la migración
El VIH o SIDA fue llamado en un comienzo la enfermedad de las tres haches (Haitianos, Homosexuales, Heroinómanos).
Conceptos: MIGRACIÓN – INVACIÓN (África: a Suráfrica venían de Mozambique)
Paralelo a la idea africana de invasión.
Activismo – VIH La idea de lo Queer nació del activismo VIH
Thatcher – Reagan : ignoraron la enfermedad
el performance – la acción – el cuerpo
memorizar los proceso y el olvido (el deseo consciente de olvidar) (tal vez no queremos recordar)
La relación enfermedad – muerte (hace 30 años, ¿ahora?)
Pensamos cómo ha cambiado (a nivel de enfermedad, y a nivel de percepción social) le relación con el VIH entre los 80´s y la actualidad
Idea: El terror como concepto coreográfico. En época de terrorismo (limpieza social)
Kevin: el VIH como castigo religioso (piensa la gente popularmente)
Defensa de derechos de salud
OLVIDO Y EMERGENCIA
Memorias legales, memorias personales, memorias sociales
De qué se habla, de qué no se hablar
Quizás la medicina avanzó pero no la labor médica
Juan Betancurth: El problema es falta de información
SILENCIO como problema
Los mata mas la familia y la sociedad que la misma enfermedad
El terrorismo a la enfermedad. (Pensar en “Metáforas del Sida” de Susan Sontag.
ARTE: poder testimonial (memoria) poder de exteriorizar
Artista: Cómo en cada colectivo exploran el arte. Experiencias, experimentación, difundir, guardar memoria
Qué es el PrEP y como se usa: Colectivo LOVE lazers.
Información es poder:
21% de mujeres trans en Colombia tiene VIH
June 13th report
Arte / HIV
José Fernando Serrano
Fernando spoke of his residency project. More art more action. He said that for art it is necessary to activate.He also spoke of the importance of criticism.
In dialogue with José Fernando the following subjects were touched on:
Activism / Violence / LGBTI / peace process / LGBTI activism in Colombia / LGBTI with peace (here the subject of Venezuela was worked on)
The history and histories of HIV in general, in relation to migration
HIV and AIDS was initially called the three “h’s” (Haitians, Homosexuals, Heroin-addicts).
Concepts: MIGRATION — INVASION (Africa: in South Africa people came from Mozambique)
Parallel to the African idea of invasion.
Activism — HIV The idea the Queerness was born out of HIV activism
Tatcher — Reagan : ignore the disease
the performance — the action — the body
memorize the process and the forgetting (the conscious desire to forget) (maybe we do not want to remember)
The disease — death relationship (it’s been 30 years, now?)
We think of how much it’s changed (in terms of disease, in terms of social perception), the relationship with HIV and the 80s and today
Idea: Terror as a choreographic concept. In times of terrorism (social cleaning)
Kevin: HIV as a religions punishment (people popularly believe)
Defense of health rights
FORGETTING AND EMERGENCY
Legal memories, personal memories, social memories
Of what is spoken, of what is not spoken
Perhaps medicine has advanced but not the medical labor
Juan Betancurth: The problem is the lack of information
SILENCE as a problem
Family and society kill more than the disease
Terrorism to the disease (Think of “AIDS and Its Metaphors,” by Susan Sontag)
ART: testimonial power (memory) externalizing power
ArtistL How art is explored in each collective. Experiences, experiments, diffuse, keep the memory
What is PrEP and how it is used: LOVE lasers collective.
Information is power:
21% of trans women in Colombia have HIV
A discussion to be accountable to …
Luv ’til it Hurts is about HIV and stigma.
Discussion, campaign, mechanism, agency.
All of these words describe the vision for Luv ‘til it Hurts. Yet, if it becomes nothing more than a discussion to be accountable to, then it has succeeded.
It should have this accountability first and foremost. And, thereby, remember the work (art and otherwise) that came before it.
As a porous container, it aspires to ‘hold’ people together long enough for essential introductions and exchange of ideas.
Curating, Healthcare, Cultural Movements, New Support Strategies. etc.
Whoever enters this ‘space’ may stick around and help give it shape over a two-year period. ‘Taking responsibility’ is up for grabs.
As a campaign (simply meaning the cacophony of multiple voices) it will generate resources. They will be used to maintain the container and will be shared strategically. Luv lasts two years because it is a guided experiment in organizational form that aspires to become a robust support mechanism working for and with HIV+ artists and their peers from both within and outside the arts.
It is the third durational, rights-themed, multi-stakeholder project launched by Todd Lanier Lester. Because it follows a loose ‘methodology’ it is also intended as a form of research, something its authors hope will become clearer over time. At the very least, it will report back at the end of each of four six-month quarters. Please stay tuned.
In his own words, Pony Zion describes his motivation for sharing his dance performance and choreography on the occasion of Luv ’til it Hurts‘ NYC launch:
“This is one of those extremely special moments in time when we get to connect in artistic communication and celebrate one another through the expression within our gifts and on top of important platforms that were built to Lead, Learn and Love. Together, let’s explore our imagination, share our minds and live by our talents by engaging in our Luv ‘TIL it Hurts.”
Pony Zion is a father, dancer, choreographer, performer, creative director and Icon of the House of Zion. He started the House of Zion in NYC and helped open its first chapter in São Paulo, Brazil. Pony has starred in various videos and films, including Lanes (2015) and Vogue Theory (2015) that discusses the impact of Voguing on NYC youth, and is the founder of Vogue Revolution.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18 from 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: October 18-28, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
El Museo de Los Sures
120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
(Between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street)
Curatorial Advisor: Adam Zucker, Theodore (Ted) Kerr
Today, medical treatments help people infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have prolonged and ordinary lives, as well as prevent further transmission, but they can never kill the virus hiding within. Despite these advances, moral condemnation and discrimination against the disease continue. The consequences of this stigma are mental illness and distress, often generating greater suffering than the physiological disease itself. Until a true cure is found, shame, insecurity, and trauma will continue to afflict those diagnosed with HIV until our societies and communities change the ways in which we consider and support them.
Kairon Liu started his research with HIV in 2017 in Taiwan. The inspiration of Liu’s project, Humans as Hosts is his best friend, alias Tree, who has recovered from betrayal and sorrow several times due to his affliction. The photographs and archives created by Liu and the participants he encounters through his daily life and practice make evident that all human beings are exposed to the virus. We are all human beings, and we continuously face this threat, physically and/or mentally.
This exhibition is made possible by multiple supporters that Liu has engaged during his time with Residency Unlimited in New York. While the exhibition title reflects Liu’s ongoing journey to confront the universal value, it also reveals the first chapter of the artist-led discussion on HIV and stigma, Luv ’til it Hurts.This program is made possible with support from The Lily and Earle M. Pilgrim Art Foundation, Apicha Community Health Care, Candi Me, Ford Foundation and the Institute of International Education. Special thanks to Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Residency Unlimited, Artists Alliance Inc, Visual AIDS, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Baboo Digital.
As a visual artist and photographer, Kairon Liu’s practice reflects his observations on diverse beliefs in human society through the creation of narratives exploring issues related to religion, disease, and universal values. Since 2017, Liu has been developing Humans as Hosts, a project focused on understanding the living situation of people with HIV and heightening awareness about AIDS. In collaboration with social networks, NGOs, and public health authorities, Liu gets to know HIV-positive individuals and invites them into his work. The resulting images/archives can be viewed as the proof/disproof of stereotypes, prejudices and stigmatization produced by societies.
This program has been made possible with support from Ford Foundation and the Institute of International Education. The Lily and Earle M. Pilgrim Art Foundation, Candi Me, Special thanks to Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Visual AIDS, Artists Alliance Inc, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Baboo Digital.
Luv Till It Hurts by Kairon Liu, is part of Reimagine End of Life.
About Reimagine: Reimagine End of Life is a week of exploring big questions about life and death through art, creativity, and conversation.
For the last few months, artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, faith and community leaders, and innovators across all five boroughs of New York City have been uniting to create a unique week of events that will prove to be reflective of this city’s diversity and spirit. With more than 250 events set to explore death and celebrate life from every perspective, we invite you to join us in questioning how we think about our most universal experience.
Visit www.letsreimagine.org/new-york to learn more!
Let’s bring death out of the shadows and into the light.