Collective Strategies for Visual Production on the issue of HIV Criminalization

A full day workshop on the collective production of socially engaged art and agitprop with activist cultural producer Avram Finkelstein. Co-produced by CEREV and Concordia’s HIV/AIDS Community Lecture Series with the support of the university’s Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery.

January 24, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CEREV Exhibition Lab

By special invitation only.

“Collective strategies for visual production on the issue of HIV criminalization” will be co-facilitated by activist/performer Jordan Arseneault and artist J’vlyn d’Ark. This session is presented in conjunction with “Collective Queer Cultural Production, AIDS and the Public Sphere,” a lecture by Avram Finkelstein at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 PM.

16-20 participants will gather in the CEREV Exhibition Lab at Concordia to discuss issues of collaborative art and activism surrounding HIV/AIDS and create socially engaged digital imagery and text. The resultant image(s) from the session will be displayed in the courtyard of the FOFA Gallery at 1515 Ste-Catherine St West at 5PM at the end of the day.

Although participants have been invited on the basis of community relevance, academic interest, and digital art literacy, the purpose of the workshop is to create purposeful and reproducible visual statements that speak to the reality and injustice faced by people living with HIV.

Avram Finkelstein is the co-founder of the Silence=Death Project, an American art activist collective famous for their appropriation of corporate advertising imagery and deceptively simple messaging. The Silence=Death Project played a pivotal role in raising consciousness about the AIDS crisis in the US and has had a lasting influence on activist art and AIDS art the world over. He has long been involved in social justice movements across demographic boundaries as an artist, writer, and member of the AIDS art collective Gran Fury. He has been involved in The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights and is a founding member of the AIDS advocacy group ACT-UP. More recently, Finkelstein has shed light on AIDS cultural production curating exhibitions such as War, hosted by Visual AIDS. He has also written pieces reflecting on the AIDS crisis for POZ and Artwrit.

Relevant links for further reading:

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence