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What You Don't Know about AIDS Could Fill a Museum – OnCurating Issue Nr. 42

Book launches November 8, 2019 06:00 pm
  • Fr 8.11. 6pm
  • In English
  • Featuring a video correspondence from Theodore (ted) Kerr, presentation by Alper Turan in discussion with Lee Plested, and an artistic intervention by Can Küçük. is pleased to announce the publication OnCurating Issue 42: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT AIDS COULD FILL A MUSEUM, focused on HIV, culture and curation, edited by scholar and organizer Theodore (ted) Kerr. The print and online issue features over 40 contributions—including essays, conversations, visual projects, reprints, and personal reflections—from artists, activists, academics, and writers from around the world, exploring AIDS-related culture in the 21st century, through four themes: forgetting, seeing, collecting, and making, all of which reflect on both the historical turn in contemporary AIDS cultural production, and the ongoing need to keep an eye on the present.

  • Theodore (ted) Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer, artist and organizer whose work focuses pri-marily on HIV/AIDS. He is a founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The Advocate, POZ, and The Body. He teaches at The New School.
  • Alper Turan (b. 1993, Ankara) lives and works in Istanbul. Turan is freelance curator and co-founder of Das Art Project, a curatorial collective that uses thematically-specific buildings, often with historical significance, to realize ephemeral exhibitions with mostly younger generation artists. Turan, most recently, curated Positive Space, an exhibition project on HIV/AIDS in Istanbul. This project also lays the ground of his Cultural Studies master research in which he merges critical reading of art works with (auto)ethnographic accounts. Turan works on curating as ethnography, queer curating and exhibition making strategies.
  • Lee Plested is a curator from Vancouver, Canada and is based in Berlin, Germany. Interested in making as a form of philosophical enquiry, Plested's exhibition projects often take up aspects of material culture as subjects in contemporary artist practice. Recent exhibition projects include the poets have always preceded, Vancouver Art and Poetry, 1960 - present, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, Primary Research Lab, Western Gallery, WWU, Bellingham, Washington and Material Witness, Mario Garcia Torres and Konrad Wendt, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Canadian Art, and Art21.