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A DOULA’S GUIDE TO ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS

For Day With(out) Art 2018, WWHIVDD worked with Visual AIDS to create a resource guide to go along with the Alternate Endings, Activist Risings short films created by grassroots AIDS activist groups including: ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network – USA, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL-NY. The guide includes images, film summaries, content related questions, and resources to take the conversations further. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Content: What Would An HIV Doula Do? and students from the Fall 2018 class, “Life During Memorialization: History and the Ongoing Epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the USA” at The New School: Annalisa Dick, Brad Walrond, El Roy Red, E G Condon, Emily Colucci, Justin Yockel, Katherine Cheairs, Ollin Rodriguez Lopez, Rupert McCranor, Sur Rodney (Sur), and Tamara Oyola Santiago.

The guide was designed by Aaron Fowler, edited by Kyle Croft, Alex Fialho, Esther McGowan and the logo design and the cover illustration was created by Nelson Santos.


TWENTY-ONE QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN EMBARKING ON AIDS-RELATED CULTURAL PRODUCTION

October 2018, WWHIVDD worked with Corrine Fitzpatrick, on behalf of Triple Canopy, to create a public conversation entitled, “What Would an HIV-Informed Cultural Worker Do?” The conversation was part of How We Do Illness, a day-long symposium that considered how personal narratives shape public perceptions of sickness, and how cultural workers and institutions contribute to the ongoing response to HIV/AIDS. The title was borrowed from the writer Lisa Diedrich, who reminds us that "illness and how we do illness is political." The symposium was part of Risk Pool, an issue of Triple Canopy that asks: how are sickness and wellness defined, and by whom? What are the effects of these definitions, these acts of naming and describing? DOWNLOAD HERE

Forty artists, administrators, critics, curators, and individuals living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS gathered to share their insights, frustrations, tactics, and experiences with making, seeing, and contemplating AIDS-related culture. What followed was the creation of non-exhaustive resource featuring a series of questions inspired by the event. The questions are meant to be provocations and are not put forward with the implication that there are correct answers.

Participants whose contributions inspired the questions: Jordan Arseneault, Shirlene Cooper, Emily Colucci, Lisa Diedrich, Alex Fialho, Johnny Guaylupo, Emma Hedditch, Elizabeth Koke, Carolyn Lazard, Esther McGowan, Fernando Mariscal, Lara Mimosa Montes, Ricardo Montez, Julie Tolentino, and others who chose not to be named.

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We Don’t Want a Disaster for President

In the lead up to the Woman’s March, after the 2016 election, many people were inspired by Zoe Leonard’s powerful I Want A Dyke for President broadside including Mykki Blanco and WWHIVDD. For our version, we offered the suggestion that we don’t want a president, and instead we ask the reader to consider what a world of doulas could accomplish together. DOWNLOAD HERE

The text was written by WWHIVDD with special edits by Jaime Shearn Coan; and was designed by FagTips.

QUESTIONS OF, FOR & ABOUT CONSENT

For a free screening of the film CONSENT: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law that WWHIVDD hosted with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network at The Cooper Union, we created this series of questions to help spark conversation at the screening and after. DOWNLOAD HERE.

Content of the hand out was created by WWHIVDD and designed by Fag Tips .

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FORTUNE TELLER

As part of a panel discussion, WWHIVDD created a fun and interactive way to talk about HIV and the process of asking questions about the epidemic. The result was a fortune teller, which acts as both an ice breaker and a means of community building. We have used it at many events including panel discussions and conferences. DOWNLOAD HERE.
It was designed by Fag Tips.


HOW DO YOU FEEL IN THIS PLACE: What Would an HIV Doula Do? responds to Art AIDS America

Following the work of the Tacoma Action Committee, WWHIVDD responded to the important and touring exhibition, Art AIDS America through a series of community meetings and interventions in which we honored the work of activists, artists and others involved in the ongoing cultural response to HIV/AIDS. In this report, the collectives process, ideas and inspirations are shared, along with images. DOWNLOAD HERE.

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WHAT
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AN 
HIV 
DOULA 
DO? THE FIRST CONVERSATION

In 2015 a group of artists, activists, clergy, doulas, educators, poets, filmmakers and writers interested in exploring what is needed within the ongoing HIV/AIDS movement met for a day long discussion called TIME IS NOT A LINE, building on the 2014 WE WHO FEEL DIFFERENTLY journal issue.


One of the three sessions they held was entitled: WHAT WOULD AN HIV DOULA DO? Building on the growing role doulas are playing in birth, death, abortion, gender transition, and other important life moments , the gathered group wondered if there wasn’t a role for doulas to play in the lives of people living with HIV and those made most at risk? 

Key to asking the question is an understanding that as it is now HIV testing, how people learn about their positive HIV status, and the role of testers and others is in need of review and change.



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INFLAMED: A CONVERSATION

On a summer night in 2014 a group of friends, strangers and lovers gathered around a fire in the backyard of a rambling large house in Brooklyn to discuss HIV/AIDS and condoms. The conversation was filmed for the making of a short film, LITANY FOR BURNING CONDOMS (2014, 6 min, digital), created by artists Niknaz, Chaplain Christopher Jones, Theodore (ted) Kerr, and LJ Roberts. The conversion was inspired by a poster that Jones and Kerr made for a project called PosterVirus, from the Canadian HIV activist group AIDS ACTION NOW!. The poster showed Jones’ hand burning a condom that was placed over text that the pair wrote, which is referenced in the conversation and shared at the end of this document.

Although the conversation happened before the founding of WWHIVDD, it is very much in the same spirit. Read more about burning condoms HERE.

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