The Utah Museum of Fine Art on the University of Utah campus is observing World AIDS Day, December 1, in two ways: by covering artwork in their galleries, and partnering with Visual AIDS and with local organizations to virtually present TRANSMISSIONS — a series of six short videos that consider the effect of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. UMFA’s local partners in these efforts are the University of Utah’s LGBT Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, and PrEP Clinic as well as Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council and The LGBTQIA+ and Allies in Medicine Student Interest Group.
TRANSMISSIONS is a video program that brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).
The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.
As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.
TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 4 pm MST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and its partners the University of Utah’s LGBT Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, and PrEP Clinic as well as Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council and The LGBTQIA+ and Allies in Medicine Student Interest Group. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.
Because the UMFA is closed December 1, when World AIDS Day is usually observed, (right now we’re open only Wed-Fri noon to 5 pm), they will cover two artworks in the galleries on Wednesday, December 2 — Ernesto Pujol’s photographs Mother of All Souls and Keys to the Valley (1–13) from the series 111 Days in the Desert, which Pujol created while he was The Marva and John Warnock Artist in Residency at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah in 2010.
Details on UMFA hours of operation, admission and ticket reservations, and the safety precautions they are taking are available at http://www.umfa.utah.edu/visit.