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DISSIDENT POLITICS: A PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON LATINX HIV/AIDS HISTORIES

April 12, 2017

Wednesday April 12, 6:30–8:30PM, FREE

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, Flamboyán Theater
107 Suffolk St, New York NY 10002

DISSIDENT POLITICS: A WORKSHOP ON LATINX HIV/AIDS HISTORIES is the first event of Mexico City-based Eugenio Echeverría’s Visual AIDS / Residency Unlimited Curatorial Residency.

For the workshop, Eugenio will display a number of facts in chronological order from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, and the United States relating to HIV/AIDS. From there, participants will be asked to consider the proposed information in order to set up a personal narrative about the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly as it effects Latinx communities. This process will inform Eugenio’s upcoming AIDS TIMELINE: FEARLESS LATIN/X AMÉRICA display, on view April 29 through May 14, 2017 at El Museo del Barrio as the concluding project of his Curatorial Residency.

HIV/AIDS histories can be told in very different ways and with radically different meanings. What story am I telling? Do I believe in it? Why do certain facts get prioritized over others? How do I relate to the facts included and excluded? Through interaction and dialogue, workshop participants will discuss the inclusion or dismissal of facts, considering their own criteria and developing the stakes of their own HIV/AIDS narrative.

Dissident narratives will focus on identity as it relates to links within community; distribution of violence from public policies, science and media; and the correlation between United States necolonialism and the response from Latin-American countries to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

DISSIDENT POLITICS: A WORKSHOP ON LATINX HIV/AIDS HISTORIES is co-presented in collaboration with Residency Unlimited and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center.

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, often called The Clemente, is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural center named after Puerto Rican writer and activist Clemente Soto Vélez. The Clemente, which was formed in 1993, is located on Suffolk Street in the former PS 160 in Manhattan’s historic Lower East Side neighborhood of Loisaida.