Art

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Performances, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

Tradition meets innovation in the work of William Flett. From CATIE's Positive Side, this interview by Darien Taylor

Art Posi+ive: The Best of Both Worlds

Killer Whale One of William Flett’s earliest childhood memories is of the plane he was travelling on touching down on the tarmac in Haida Gwaii one dark, rainy night. He was five years old. Though William and his parents lived on the islands of the Haida people situated off the north coast of B.C. for only a year before returning to Vancouver, its culture and rich artistic traditions had a lasting impact on William’s artistic expression. The Haida reverence for the natural world and their

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches groundbreaking "Revelation" campaign

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Photography, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

France scores big time! Guest author Denis Leblanc reports on an amazing French publicity campaign designed to explain to the public what undetectable viral load means and in doing so, puts a big dent in HIV stigma

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches  groundbreaking

PositiveLite.com has published many articles to share the news and discuss the facts around the Undetectable = Uninfectious campaign: that people living with HIV who are on successful treatment and undetectable for six months cannot transmit HIV. PositiveLite.com is a community partner with the Prevention Access Campaign and has endorsed the Consensus Statement given the wealth of scientific support for these facts. France’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation, AIDES, has just launched a publicity

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Art, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, General Health, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

But self care can be hard to come by when those around you are unsupportive, as Wayne relates.

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I have shared my story, all of it, I think. My health has been good but I have a total physical to pass next week so that I can keep my bragging rights. I wanted to write about attending the first part of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) End Game conference last month but I’m still trying to digest the new research findings for aging with HIV. I used to look at aging from the side of possibly going into the healthcare system, in a facil

When HIV and the art world connect

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Photography, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. guy Kengi on finding a voice and empowerment through art

When HIV and the art world connect

As I sit down to type this article I’m smiling, listening to ‘Higher Than This’ by Ledisi, while sitting inside my gallery. Yeah, I know right? My gallery. I still giggle every single time I say it. As many of you know my life has always been filled with music, art and photography and as I’ve said many times before, photography has been and still is my therapy. During homelessness photography was my voice. It spoke loud and clear for me, allowing me to raise awareness for many issues

Art+laughter=healing

published: February, 02, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Art, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

New York's Felix Garmendia has a strong connection with art – and sometimes it has shown itself in mighty humorous ways

Art+laughter=healing

There are many ways to ease the adversities of illness. Many people use all kinds of things in order to improve the quality of their lives. Some things fall into the “spiritual” category, others fall into a secular daily life ritual.  We tend to surround ourselves with the kinds of objects that make us feel something, that prompt a reaction in us. If you are at home, look around the room where you are right now. What kind of feelings do you get? Can you see objects with a special “ene

Art with Heart

published: September, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Art, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto’s Casey House announces Art With Heart, its annual contemporary art auction and reception on October 6, 2015, raising essential funds so that it can provide inspired HIV/AIDS care

Art with Heart

(left) Artist: Stephen Andrews ? 2014 watercolour crayon on mylar 36″ x 24″ Courtesy of: Paul Petro Contemporary Art Donated by: The Artist Toronto’s Casey House with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group announces Art With Heart, the annual contemporary art auction and reception on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge Stree, Toronto), raising essential funds for the organization’s yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives. Tickets for the event are on sale now at ww

The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist: A Fresh Look at Gay Men and HIV

published: September, 24, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New Canadian anthology explores shift in gay male sex lives influenced by recent medical advances in HIV treatment.

The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist: A Fresh Look at Gay Men and HIV

VANCOUVER, Canada - September, 2015 Ethica Press has published the first volume of Annals of Gay Sexuality 2015: The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist. This deliberately provocative new journal is a direct response to significant changes in sexual practices among gay men in light of recent gains in HIV prevention and management. This inaugural edition of AGS contributes to the investigation of sexual cultures among gay men using an arts-based perspective and methodology. Co-editors (former Positiv

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

published: September, 04, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE’s The Positive side, a visual representation of celebrating ten years of living with HIV

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

This article first appeared in the Positive Side, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of my HIV diagnosis, I have come to realize that in the wonderful world of HIV, society is increasingly divided into two: HIV-negative people and us, the HIV-positive ones! I don’t mean to sound “negaphobic”; quite the opposite—I’m a firm believer in embracing our negative brothers and sisters. But sometimes HIV-negative people can lack a sense

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

published: May, 13, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, Shan Kelley's provocative art reframes sickness and stigma

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

This article by Jennifer McPhee first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  When I call mixed media artist Shan Kelley, 37, one evening, at his home in Montreal, he apologetically asks to reschedule our interview because his 16-month-old daughter has a cold and is up past her betime. Later, he admits that prior to his HIV diagnosis five years ago he hadn’t envisioned having a child. He actually surprised himself by sud

HIV and the arts

published: February, 11, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says, "I’ve had the opportunity to show my photos before but the Art for HIV for Art show in Toronto was one that I’m so thankful I was asked to take part in."

HIV and the arts

It’s been just over 4 years since I began to get involved in the HIV community. I was diagnosed in April 2003 but I had an undetectable viral load and my CD4 was high - around 600. My doctor said I was where they hoped they could have everyone who is HIV-positive. I was able to just continue on with my life normally. There was no need for me to take medications and my doctor said I could go ten years or more without them if I stayed healthy and my immune system kept fighting the virus on i

CANFAR Young Professionals x Queen West Art Crawl = Art Against AIDS

published: August, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Community Events, Art, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

On September 13, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) will co-host a party at 99 Sudbury for all Torontonians interested in exploring art, and joining the fight to #endAIDS

CANFAR Young Professionals x Queen West Art Crawl = Art Against AIDS

The official Saturday night party of the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is sponsored by TD Bank, and will feature top artists and live art performances to celebrate Toronto’s burgeoning west end arts scene. It wouldn’t be a party without drinks and some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants are providing guests with food samples throughout the evening.  John Caffery, who regularly DJs at Toronto events and festivals like Luminato, Pride and the Pitbull parties, will be laying down tracks to ge

Evolve is just the beginning

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, Art, Community Events, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi reports on the art show he organized that featured artists from every ethnic andeconomic background as well as people living with HIV, a homeless person - gay, lesbian, transgender and straight

Evolve is just the beginning

On July 10, 2014 about 400 people turned out to walk the red carpet for the opening reception of the Evolve art show at Art Share LA in Downtown Los Angeles featuring over 25 photographers, ceramists and artists. It was far more than what I could have imagined it would be. From the time I taped down the red carpet before our 6pm opening, it was as if that somehow signalled it was time to start. People just kept arriving all night long. I was so blown away The show featured artists from every

In your face: AIDS posters confront stigma

published: July, 15, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s the Positive Side comes this article by Darien Taylor about how art and poster design has been used to educate people about HIV and work to eliminate stigma and prejudice

In your face: AIDS posters confront stigma

In the late 1980s, AIDS activist groups, like AIDS ACTION NOW! here in Canada and ACT-UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in the United States, mounted power­ful protests against institutional responses to the AIDS crisis. They confronted political indifference and demanded that governments and pharmaceutical companies take action against an epidemic that was killing people. Activists took their provocative messages to the streets with bold graphic posters, creating images that are indel

Visual AIDS:

published: July, 09, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific

From CATIE’s Positive Side comes this article about Peggy Frank’s giant drug cocktail sculpture that uses more than 2,000 empty pill bottles to make its point

Visual AIDS:

This article previously appeared in the Summer 2014 edition of The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Living with HIV for over 25 years, I’ve met a lot of pills. In fact, I’ve consumed 2,000 bottles of them! Mostly antiretrovirals but other meds and supplements too. With the help of friends and family, I constructed this seven-foot cocktail glass using more than 2,000 empty bottles. When people ask me what the sculpture represen

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