DUETS: Kia LaBeija & Julie Tolentino In Conversation

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Kia LaBeija and Julie Tolentino come together for an intergenerational dialogue that illuminates their histories as artists and their relationships to HIV and AIDS spanning more than twenty years. From different perspectives, they discuss their shared practices as artists, performance makers, dancers, poets, and activists. With additional contributions by Lia Gangitano and David Velasco.

Kia LaBeija is an artist born and raised in the heart of New York, Hell’s Kitchen. Her art explores her personal narrative and the rela- tionship between space, memory, and womanhood. Her current work comprises cinematic and vibrant autobiographical self-portraits. A performer by nature, she is established as a world-renowned voguer, dancer, and performance artist through her role as Overall Mother of the Iconic House of LaBeija. A Visual AIDS Artist Member since 2014, LaBeija has taken part in numerous Visual AIDS programs over the years; has been featured in the Visual AIDS exhibitions Ephemera as Evidence (2014), Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism since 1980 (2015), and Everyday (2016); and was a commissioned video artist for Visual AIDS’s Day With(out) Art 2017, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS.
DUETS is a series of publications that pairs artists, activists, writers, and thinkers in dialogues about their creative practices and current social issues around HIV/AIDS. These engaging and highly readable conversations highlight the connections between communities of artists and activists. Drawing from the Visual AIDS Artist Registry and Archive Project, this series continues Visual AIDS’ mission to support, promote, and honor the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.