In this episode we take a journey into the world of art and HIV activism through a lively conversation between host James Watson and performance and video artist, and self-described “harm reductionista,” Mikiki. Art has a long-standing presence in the HIV/AIDS movement, evoking strong reactions and delivering powerful messages, and the work of Mikiki is no different. Over the course of this episode they reflect on their work in the HIV response and the impact that living with HIV has had on their art making, and define what it means to be a “body autonomy activist” and a “cheerful nihilist.” From drag to blood draws, Mikiki’s work is never timid—it’s political and it’s personal. Do we need to be in pain to create meaningful or beautiful art? Let’s find out.
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Also check out our recent blog post, ‘Art, activism and HIV: triggering emotions, imagination and action’ where we explore some of the origins and ideas surrounding gay culture, art movements and activism.
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