June 1 - 30, 2007

Visual AIDS and The Body

Queer New World
Curated by Hector Canonge
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Girly-Boy, 1999
by Michael Mitchell
Tempera wash, 20" x 26"

In the Curatorís Statement:

Queer New World postulates and reinforces a new treatment for this very (re)definition. Through the works of 20 artists from the archives of Visual AIDS, this online exhibition presents a Post Queer vision. A world where not everything is so black or white, right or left, female or male, gay or straight, transvestite or transgender, but where variations, and complex constructions of Being, Self, and Identity are evident.

The selected works speak a language that bends past gender constructions and definitions. The photographs, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works reflect a Post Queer artistic and cultural movement where people, and in this case artists, are unapologetic, blunt and fearless of demolishing existing binary gender/sexual discourses.

b i o g r a p h y

Hector Canonge is a new media artist who lives in New York City where he studied literature, film and interactive media arts and technologies. He is the recipient of the 2007 AIM Residency Program at the Bronx Museum of Art where he is presenting IDOLatries (on view until August 19), and he is currently working on MUTANATURe, a series of locative ecological interventions.

His new site-specific installation Muros Distópicos/Dystopic Walls has been commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art for the project "Corona Plaza: Center of Everywhere," which will be on view starting in July. For World AIDS Day in 2006 he presented 200mm3, a new media installation that incorporates video, laboratory equipment and commercial scanners to present stories about people with HIV/AIDS (now on view June 7 through July 25 at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.).

Canonge is the founder and director of CINEMAROSA, Queens' only queer film series. He is an adjunct instructor at The New School, where he teaches filmmaking and new media technologies, and at CUNY where he has taught web development and multimedia courses. For more information visit:

Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project.

Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-pronged mission: 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers, 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message “AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

The Body is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on the Web, according to Hot 100. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its human and spiritual dimensions.

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