HIVstories: Living Politics

2020, January 31 – March 1

Exhibition in Biennale Warszawa (MA3450) at Marszałkowska Street 34/50

How are politics and life narratives in the fields of HIV/AIDS activism entangled? This exhibition explores different ways of living politics from the perspectives of a variety of countries, communities and regions. It focuses on the ways in which lives are shaped by politics, and politics are shaped by lives in Poland, United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany and on the European level. 

The World Health Organisation has identified Europe as one of two regions with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. While the impact and spread of the virus unfolds differently and unevenly across populations and regions of Europe, it has evoked multiple responses from most affected populations, civil society organisations and collectves. A multiplicity of lives and politics demonstrates that the fight against HIV/AIDS cannot be recounted as a single coherent story. Instead, it is presented here as an ongoing struggle with many disparities and a-synchronicities – all of which take on unique expression in each political, legal and social context. Taken together, HIVstories offers a glimpse into the complex, creative and at times contradictory dynamics of HIV/AIDS activism across the region. It reveals Europe as a historically shifting, disputed, and dynamic geographic, social and political entity. 

The exhibition is made up of narratives and objects that have been collected over the course of a three-year international research project. Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH) explores how narratives of the past continue to impact the present and the future of the epidemic. Researchers from Kraków, Warsaw, London, Berlin and Basel, in collaboration with a great many community partner organisations, collected artefacts, archival documents and art works, and conducted oral history interviews with activists, advocates, politicians, bureaucrats and medical practitioners. These lively materials evoke only some of the multiple lives and faces involved in the struggle against HIV/AIDS in the European region. The excerpts from life narratives as presented here, and many more, are part of the European HIV/AIDS Archive.  

Funding for the research that was used to produce this exhibition was generously provided by the Humanities in the European Research Area as part of their 3rd Joint Research Programme under the rubric “Uses of the Past”.

HIVstories: Living Politics was first shown in the Schwules Museum in Berlin in the autumn of 2019 (2019, September 12 – November 11)

Information

HIVstories: Living Politics
31.01—1.03.2020

Tuesday–Sunday 12–8pm

Admission free

Opening: 31.01.2020, godz. 20:00

 

Organisers: Biennale Warszawa Instytucja Kultury m.st. Warszawy, EUROPACH, Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego

Curatorial team: Zülfukar Çetin, Agata Dziuban, Friederike Faust, Emily Jay Nicholls, Noora Oertel, Todd Sekuler, Justyna Struzik, Alper Turan

Exhibition design: Valerie Assman

Exhibition production: Biennale Warszawa

Exhibition montage: Krzysztof Krawczyński, Antoni Rylke

Poster design: Lidia Wilkosz

With support of: Beate Binder, Peter-Paul Bänziger, Martin Lengwiler, Marsha Rosengarten

Funding: HERA Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award

Media partners: Tok fm, Le Monde Diplomatique, Notes na 6 tygodni

 

Data Czas Tytuł Miejsce Wstęp
March 1 2020
, 14:00-15:00
Sunday
14:00-15:00

HIVstories: Living Politics
Curatorial Tour
Alper Turan

Event in English, not translated
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 29 2020
, 15:00
Saturday
15:00

(Un)Expected Alliances: Intersectional Solidarity

Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 29 2020
, 14:00–15:00
Saturday
14:00–15:00

HIVstories: Living Politics
Curatorial Tour
Magdalena Rosińska

in Polish
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 23 2020
, 17:00-19:00
Sunday
17:00-19:00

Who has HIV in Poland?
Revisited

Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 22 2020
, 17:00-20:00
Saturday
17:00-20:00

Medicines, Rights and Profits: Complex Entanglements between Pharma and Activism

in English, not translated
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 16 2020
, 17:00-19:00
Sunday
17:00-19:00

Manoeuvring, Activism and HIV/AIDS Policy Worlds in Poland

Lecture by Justyna Struzik
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 16 2020
, 15:00-16:00
Sunday
15:00-16:00

HIVstories: Living Politics
Curatorial Tour
Wojciech Tomczyński

in Polish
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 15 2020
, 19:00-21:00
Saturday
19:00-21:00

The Experience-based Toolkit – On the Sex Workers’ Project

A meeting with activists from the Informal Sex Workers’ Collective
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 15 2020
, 17:00-19:00
Saturday
17:00-19:00

Witches, Ruins, Criminals, Victims?
Intersectionality and HIV Criminalisation

Screening of "Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt" and open discussion
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 14 2020
, 12:00-16:00
Friday
12:00-16:00

Pozytywne Rozmowy z Brucem Richmanem

Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 2 2020
, 17:00-20:00
Sunday
17:00-20:00

Harm Reduction: Living Politics

Screening of “Hope is Not an Obligation” and discussion
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 2 2020
, 14:00-15:00
Sunday
14:00-15:00

HIVstories: Living Politics
Curatorial tour
Beata Kucharska

in Polish
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 1 2020
, 12:00–20:00
Saturday
March 1 2020
Sunday
12:00–20:00

HIVstories: Living Politics

Exhibition
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
February 1 2020
, 12:00-13:30
Saturday
12:00-13:30

HIVstories: Living Politics
Curatorial Tour
Agata Dziuban, Friederike Faust, Todd Sekuler, Justyna Struzik (EUROPACH)

in English, translated into Polish.
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry
January 31 2020
, 20:00
Friday
20:00

HIVstories: Living Politics

Opening
Biennale Warszawa
34/50 Marszałkowska Street (MA3450)
Free entry