Faculty News: Casid and Kang Seung Lee Convo on Care

Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:00–7:30pm CST
Center for Visual Cultures and Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on Care
This program will be presented on Zoom. A link to the meeting will be sent to you upon registration completion.

TRANSMISSIONS is a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program 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). Our virtual screening of TRANSMISSIONS will begin at 5:00 pm. After the screening, join us for Living with more than one Virus: A Conversation with Kang Seung Lee and Jill H. Casid on Art as a Praxis of Radical Care. The conversation amplifies and builds on the screening of TRANSMISSIONS, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Cultures and the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on Care.

South-Korea born multidisciplinary artist Kang Seung Lee presents his work with transnational queer histories. Lee’s discussion of recent exhibitions that make a medium of absence sets the stage for conversation on art in pandemic times. Lee joins Professor Jill H. Casid who draws from her work on the new ars moriendi that contests the terms of planetary abandonment in which we are living our dying.

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 and conversation offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.