Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited
Curator in residence
1.2.2013 – 28.2.2013

Launched in 2012, Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited (RU) join efforts to host a one-month residency program for a curator, art historian, or arts writer interested in the intersection of visual art and HIV/AIDS. The curatorial residency encourages the development of exhibitions, programs, and scholarship about HIV/AIDS and contemporary art.

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Body.. Lesions.. skin.. border.. stigma.. death.. appropriation...resistance.. marketing.. voice, silence.. memory.. disappearing ... are some of the markers that constantly kept reoccurring in the writings of diseased as well in the theoretical texts that came after the beginning of the epidemic.

I am interested to see how this memory—” memes” of epidemics and its common denominators—are preserved and reflected in the hierarchy of the categories of the archive, and in the texts of other contributors. I conducted a simple analysis of the texts/tags of previous Visual AIDS web galleries. All the writings were collected and the words counted by their frequency. For instance, the term aids was used 168 times, work 139 times, activism 11 times, HIV 66 times...

I made selection of this tags and tried to create my personal thesaurus consisting of different forms of the archived bodies from Visual AIDS Archive Project and personal experience during my NYC residency.