Lynnea from Los Angeles
“Via Optimistic Eyes: My Photograph, My HIV Story highlights the tales, pictures, and views of HIV-positive people. Via Optimistic Eyes places cameras within the arms of the individuals most deeply affected by HIV to create private photograph essays. The exhibit coalesces round one core tenet: that difficult stigma in opposition to individuals residing with HIV/AIDS is the simplest methodology for combating the epidemic.
The exhibition options images, video, sculpture, and stay storytelling elements to mirror the lives of individuals from 11 cities the place the exhibit and images workshops have been held: Mexico Metropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, Bangkok, Port-au-Prince, London, Durban, and now Seattle. Contributors in every metropolis generated a cohesive physique of labor that’s concurrently expressive and activist—supposed to dissolve mistrust and concern of individuals residing with HIV/AIDS.
The Discovery Heart’s theater can be remodeled right into a gallery devoted to banishing stigma. It is going to characteristic a central stage for stay storytelling by the Seattle Via Optimistic Eyes Collective, a bunch of seven HIV-positive artist-activists, often called “artivists.” The Seattle-based artivists will take turns performing their highly effective tales for audiences a number of occasions per week.
Via Optimistic Eyes is organized by and co-curated by David Gere, UCLA Professor of World Arts and Cultures, who, with photographer Gideon Mendel, co-founded Via Optimistic Eyes, an artwork undertaking and an exhibition created in collaboration with individuals residing with HIV/AIDS.” (Promo Copy)
Tuesdays–Saturdays starting June 19, 10 am–5 pm