Day With(out) Art 2020:

For Day With(out) Art 2020, Visual AIDS presents TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States.

The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western 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.

Screening Events

TRANSMISSIONS premiered on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online event, followed by a panel discussion with the commissioned artists, moderated by Jih-Fei Cheng.

The videos are also screening in numerous locations around the world, both online and in-person. See here for a complete list of screening locations and partnering institutions.

Day With(out) Art
In 1989, to make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone and to inspire positive action, Visual AIDS presented the first Day Without Art—organizing museums and art institutions nationwide to cover up their artwork, darken their galleries, and even close for the day—to symbolically represent the chilling possibility of a future without art or artists. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative annual project in which organizations worldwide present exhibitions, screenings and public programs to highlight work by HIV+ artists and artwork addressing current issues around the ongoing AIDS pandemic. TRANSMISSIONS is the 31st annual Day With(out) Art project.

Visual AIDS
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS, and preserving the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. www.visualaids.org

This online platform was designed by Glen Fogel.

The online premiere of TRANSMISSIONS is presented in partnership with Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and supported by over 50 additional art institutions across the world. Participating institutions are displayed in the map below and listed on the Visual AIDS website here.

We would like to thank the following funders who support Visual AIDS work and mission: Alphawood Foundation Chicago, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Dr. Daniel S. Berger Charitable Giving Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Between Bridges, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,Council for Canadian American Relations, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Gilead Sciences, The Keith Haring Foundation, Marta Heflin Foundation, Humanities NY, Japan Foundation, JW Anderson, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, LOEWE, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust's DIFFA Fund, New York Gay Pool League, NYU Community Fund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Supreme, Teiger Foundation, Tish & Snooky's Manic Panic NYC, Todd Snyder, ViiV Healthcare, Rafael & Diana Viñoly Foundation, and our generous individual donors.  

Our programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.