Studio Screen | Visual AIDS' Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

Nov 30, 2020

Conversations & Screenings, Watch & Listen 2020, dwa22rp

For the thirty-first annual Day With(out) Art 2020, the Studio Museum, in collaboration with Visual AIDS, presents TRANSMISSIONS, a program featuring six newly commissioned videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS internationally.

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online event, followed by a virtual talk back with the commissioned artists. RSVP to receive updates and the link to join.

The videos will be screened with English subtitles, and live English captioning will be available during the panel discussion. A recording of the discussion will be posted online after the event.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.


The video program brings together artists working across the world—Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Las Indetectables (Chile), Charan Singh (India/U.K.), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda)—to offer insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The commissioned videos, which will be available for viewing on our site beginning December 1st, cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, neocolonial 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 offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender. As a site of radical experimentation and community engagement dedicated to supporting and showcasing vital work in all media, the Studio Museum is proud to be providing a platform on which artists and audiences may address these social issues of urgent concern.

The films commissioned for Day With(out) Art contain images that viewers may find upsetting. Please be aware that some content is sexually explicit and take care while viewing.

Beginning December 1st, TRANSMISSIONS will be available to view online.


We invite you to reflect on the following questions before, during, and after watching TRANSMISSIONS

  • What images does the word “transmission” evoke? How did those images expand or collapse as you watched?
  • What was something you encountered, for the first time, while watching these videos? 
  • Are there any connections between that new information and your own life? What feels familiar or unfamiliar?
  • What does protection mean to you? 
  • How do you feel connected and disconnected from others? How has illness, disease, and/or disability affected your social connections?
  • How does HIV/AIDS impact your life, in ways seen or unseen? Does it live in the center or at the periphery of your awareness? How do these videos deepen your focus further or expand your view?

Additional Resources

Essays and Readings

Cruising Utopia by Jose Esteban Muñoz
Mourning & Militancy by Douglas Crimp

Health Advocacy

Harlem United HIV Testing
Harlem PrEP Program