Through Positive Eyes

308 Charles E. Yound Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095
Oct 05, 7 PM - 9 PM — ends Feb 16, 2020
6PM || Lecture with Cocurator David Gere
David Gere is Director of UCLA’s Art & Global Health Center and Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. Gere reflects on 12 years of Through Positive Eyes workshops around the world and the compelling body of portraits and videos by individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Following his introduction, there will be live storytelling performances by members of the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective– artivists (artist-activists) who will share their experiences living with HIV. Priority seating for Fowler members in Lenart Auditorium begins at 5:45pm.

7—9PM || Opening Party
Preview the exhibition and enjoy cocktails in the Davis Courtyard while DJ Funk Fiction spins a live set. Artivists will continue storytelling performances in the final gallery of the exhibition at 7:30pm, 8pm, and 8:30pm.

Through Positive Eyes
September 15, 2019—February 16, 2020

Through Positive Eyes is a large-scale photography and storytelling project created in collaboration with more than 130 people living with HIV/AIDS. The exhibition includes photography and video by artist-activists from 10 cities across the globe and a sculpture installation by Los Angeles—based multimedia artist Alison Saar. Combined, these works conjure a broad picture of the epidemic–ranging from everyday imagery to more abstract meditations on joy, grief, solitude, and resilience. Public programs will incorporate live storytelling in the gallery performed twice weekly by seven HIV-positive Angelenos known as the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective. This multitude of perspectives and voices coalesce around one core tenet: a belief that challenging stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS is the most effective method for combating the epidemic.

Through Positive Eyes is organized by the UCLA Art & Global Health Center with the Fowler Museum at UCLA and is cocurated by David Gere, Director, UCLA Art & Global Health Center, Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, and founder of MAKE ART/STOP AIDS; Carol Brown, independent curator; and Stan Pressner, lighting designer. The exhibition is made possible by major funding from the Herb Ritts Foundation. It is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a gift from Elizabeth and Graeme Gilfillan in honor of Sarah Gilfillan.

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