Luv ‘til It Hurts:
Experiences from Egypt & Brazil

 

 

This exhibition presents a series of works from ANKH Association (Arab

Network for Knowledge about Human rights) and Brazilian social artist Alberto

Pereira Jr. It explores the situation of people living with HIV in Egypt and Brazil,

seeking to discuss and resignificate social stigmas related to the disease.

Luv ‘til it Hurts began as a two-year, uncharted project about HIV and Stigma.

An odyssey, of sorts. Yet, a limited set of questions. A discussion that grew into a

team. Its next-life is aligned with our urgency to keep talking… talking in different

directions and including others. The experience of many, once a minefield of

individual fears, instigates the rumbling of collective production power. We’re

gathering our ideas on a common table, and planning for a future whose hope

is in the disruption of our present. We are convinced that to strategize our next

steps we need more than single linear energies, but a group, a multitude of voices

prepared to sing (and shout), to harmonize and also disarrange. Luv ‘til it Hurts

is a platform for real bodies to come onboard and co-pilot its playful unfolding,

one set of interaction generating the next. Alberto Pereira Jr. (Brasil), Brad

Walrond, Paula Nishijima, Todd Lanier Lester, Every Where Alien (US), ANKH

Association (Egypt), Humans as Hosts (Taiwan), Love Positive Women, Nhimbe

Trust (Zimbabwe), Luciérnagas (Colombia) … and morphing. Embark immediately

@LuvTilitHurts / www.luvtilithurts.co

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ANKH Association

Points of Life (2019)

The series ‘Points of Life’ shows four pictures that represent the personal

experiences, joys and challenges of HIV positive people in Egypt, aiming at calling

attention to their situation and starting a discussion on international solidarity

and support.

www.ankhfrance.org

Luv ‘til It Hurts interviews ANKH Association

LUV ‘TIL IT HURTS IS A WORKING

GROUP OF HIV POSITIVE AND

NEGATIVE (NEUTRAL) ARTISTS

AND ACTIVISTS WORKING

ON A RANGE OF HIV-RELATED

STIGMAS DIFFERENTIATED BY

GEOGRAPHY, RACE, GENDER, AGE,

CLASS AND LIVED EXPERIENCE.

WORKING TOGETHER WITH ANKH

ASSOCIATION AND BRAZILIAN

ARTIST ALBERTO PEREIRA JR., WE

IMAGINE FASTER RESOURCES FOR

HIV-RELATED CULTURAL ACTIVISM

AS WELL AS ACKNOWLEDGE

THE ROLE OF THE ARTIST

IN THE SOCIAL MOVEMENT

SURROUNDING HIV/AIDS.

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Click on the images above to read testimonials of each picture
Alberto Pereira Jr.

Which touch do we feel when we can no longer touch? (2020)

Documentation of a performance or document-performed? “Which touch do

we feel when we can no longer touch?” it is a provocation-unfolding out of the

suspension of the HIV 2020 Conference resulting from the pandemic of the

new coronavirus. And consequently the shift of the presentation of “Please,

Touch Me”, work of the Brazilian social artist Alberto Pereira Jr., into the virtual

environment. In the original work, the artist offers his self-declared black, queer

and HIV positive body to the audience’s touch, in the hope that it will produce

empathy, resignification, purge and cure of social stigmas. Now, a video gathers

or records the performance via live transmission and a journey of searching for

new possibilities and meanings of the touch between bodies - of his HIV positive

body and others as well - given the threat of physical touch imposed by the

COVID-19 quarantine as recommended by the WHO. Alberto Pereira Jr. will also

be a co-host of one of the “Poetics & Pandemics Curated Open Mic” sessions’,

show created by Brad Walrond for HIV2020.

Duration - around 8 minutes

Created, directed and performed by Alberto Pereira Jr.

Editor: Tiago Coutinho

Sound Editor: TJ Sound

Special Thanks: HIV2020, Luv ‘til It Hurts, Paula Nishijima, Brad Walrond and

Todd Lanier Lester

@albertopereirajr

Luv ‘til It Hurts interviews Alberto Pereira Jr.

Every Where Alien (COMING OCTOBER 2020)

Poetics & Pandemics curated open mic —“Please

Touch Me” special HIV2020 edition

This curated 45min - 1 hour video format co-led by poet multidisciplinary artist

activist Brad Walrond and interdisciplinary performance artist Alberto Pereira

Jr. will convene a curated list of poets creatives and performers from around the

world (New York, São Paulo, Taiwan, UK and/or Netherlands create and perform

their work using as a point of departure Alberto’s utterly human and incisive

invocation “Please Touch Me!” as per his performance and video project of the

same name.

The segment will be led by Brad Walrond and Alberto Pereira Jr. in October

of 2020 and will include brief interview(s) and a curated inclusion of images,

movement, and visual art.

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