AIDS AND MEMORY

Pleasure, Texture and Digression: Douglas Crimp on Before Pictures

Kris Cohen and Abigail Susik The occasion for this interview is Douglas Crimp's forthcoming book Before Pictures, an autobiographical reflection on art, theory and the queer subcultures of New York in the 1960s and 1970s. The interview was conducted the morning after Douglas had given a talk at Reed College based on the chapter ‘Hotel des Artistes.’ We had been given a copy of the entire manuscript prior to the interview. Kris Cohen: Tell...

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A Ghost in Our House: An Interview with Liz Gibson-DeGroote

A Ghost in Our House: An Interview with Liz Gibson-DeGroote

Michèle Pearson Clarke Testimonial memory is the ghost that haunts the interstices of historical discourse. – Jean Fisher In her 2012 book, Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, author and AIDS activist Sarah Schulman asks, ‘where are the children of people who died of AIDS? There must be hundreds of thousands of them.’ In A Ghost in Our House, filmmaker Liz Gibson-DeGroote seeks to answer that question, using her camera to...

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Gettin’ ‘Down’ with the ‘Below’: Visual AIDS 2016 & the politics of ‘archival activism’: A Conversation with AJAMU

Gettin’ ‘Down’ with the ‘Below’: Visual AIDS 2016 & the politics of ‘archival activism’: A Conversation with AJAMU

Christopher Smith When I became aware of the appointment of AJAMU as curator for Visual AIDS 2016, I was delighted at the opportunity to interview, or rather have a conversation with, him. During the course of my doctoral research I was offered full access to a then ‘un-categorized’ archive of materials donated by AJAMU and Topher Campbell as part of the ruckus! collection housed at the London Metropolitan Archives. My first encounter with AJAMU’s...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Socially Practiced

The Good, the Bad, and the Socially Practiced

Jordan Arseneault and Jon Henry   Background to the Dialogue Jordan Arseneault was a visiting artist to the Old Furnace Artist Residency, run by Jon Henry, in late December of 2015. The following conversation grew out of various dinner and car-ride chats that meandered around the affect of socially engaged art, HIV activism, personal love experiences, rural organizing and the ethics of politically based art practice. The pinnacle of the conversation occurred atop Eastern...

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