The Union is proud partner with VisualAIDS to host a screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, the 28th iteration of their longstanding Day With(out) Art project. This video, curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett, features the work of seven artists prioritizing Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS highlights the voices marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans folks.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Content Notice: The video program contains mature language, nudity, and frank discussion of sex and sexuality.

Following the screening, Dominique Morgan, Andrew Aleman, and Tim Rimmer will moderate a discussion about perceptions and representations of HIV/AIDS in popular media and communities of color. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public; visit u-ca.org for details.

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