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Scientific breakthroughs and medical treatments are key to the AIDS response, but pharmaceuticals alone won't end the epidemic. Visual AIDS proposes a screening of 'ENDURING CARE', a programme of seven commissioned films by artists and activists, ranging from documentary to cinematic and avant garde forms, that celebrates the perseverance of people living with HIV while examining how medicine and healthcare can be painful, harmful, and difficult to access. In the videos, viewers hear from long-term survivors about the side-effects and medical issues that can come from decades of HIV medication. They meet queer and trans activists in Mexico who confront a corrupt healthcare system that fails to provide life-saving medication to people living with HIV. They witness the bold tactics of people of colour HIV workers in Philadelphia who call out how AIDS organizations can perpetuate stigma and harm even as they purport to provide care. Viewers see the collective vision of a group of women living with HIV in Taiwan who use sound and video to reflect on the stigma and fear they face, hear about young people living with HIV in Puerto Rico making space to connect, and experience the activation of an archive of writing by incarcerated women. Visual AIDS believes that art can be a powerful tool in responding to HIV by provoking dialogue, preserving and transmitting tactics and histories, and providing space for community to come together. The objective of the screening is to create international and intergenerational exchanges between artists, conference attendees and communities represented in the video programme. The international scope of the programme and its balance of historical and contemporary activism can open up space for dialogues that aren't happening in other AIDS spaces, making connections between grassroots organizing across time and space.

65 min
'ENDURING CARE': Videos highlight community care in HIV