Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings

01st December 2017 @ 07:00pm

‘Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings’ is a collection of new video work which forms part of the 28th annual Day With(out) Art project from Visual AIDS, New York. 

Superbia is proud to work with Visual AIDS to include this event in a programme of work that will mark Manchester’s first ever Day With(out) Art.

‘Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings’ consists of seven newly-commissioned innovative video works by artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell. which will premier worldwide on World AIDS Day 2017.

The films have been curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett to prioritise Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic. In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ‘Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings’ seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalised within Black communities, including queer and trans people. 

The films include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform for voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

‘Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings’ will screen as part of a double bill of new HIV/AIDS video work presented at Paradise Works. The first collection of films is entitled HIVideo 2017 and is presented by The Penthouse. Read about HIVideo 2017 here.

The event has a donation entry of £2 to the George House Trust.

Venue address: The Penthouse, Second Floor, Paradise Works, East Phillip Street, Salford, M3 7LE