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.