Superbia Spotlight: Exploring the lives of people living with HIV

A project that uses the ingenuity of artists to turn people’s attention to HIV...

By Manchester's Finest | November 30th '21

World AIDS Day (1st December) is an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV, to remember those we have lost, to fight HIV stigma and to campaign for access to fair healthcare for all.

This year, Superbia is once again proud to support Manchester artist Jordan Roberts as part of its annual Day With(out) Art programme, a project that uses the ingenuity of artists to turn people’s attention to HIV.

Jordan’s project ‘To Whom It May Concern’ explores the lives of people living with HIV. The project was originally launched in 2019 and returns to Manchester at SeeSaw on Princess Street with a day-long exhibition of portraits, art, films, writing and performances.

The event will be opened by the legendary queen, Misty Chance and there will be stunning vogue performances from two iconic houses.

The exhibition also features brand-new short films from Visual AIDS in New York. The collection of new films is entitled ENDURING CARE and highlights strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic

You can also expect other film screenings, readings, a live performance from pianist and singer Adam O’Shea, along with panel discussions on HIV activism.

The event is produced in partnership with Manchester Pride’s Superbia, a year-round programme of culture, designed to support, curate, fund and promote LGBTQ+ events throughout Greater Manchester.

To Whom it May Concern forms the core of the annual Day With(out) Art programme, an initiative conceived by Visual AIDS New York, which aims to use art to turn attention to HIV and AIDS.

To Whom It May Concern takes place on Saturday 4th December at SeeSaw on Princess Street, the event opens at 3pm, all are welcome with pay-as-you-feel tickets.

SEESAW is a fully accessible space with a lift for wheelchairs and mobility devices at the entrance. There is also lift access to the fourth floor along with seating provided throughout the event.

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To Whom it May Concern

Date: Saturday 4th December
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Cost: Pay what you can

PROGRAMME INCLUDES:

– All day you can view the To Whom it May Concern letter exhibition and film screening.
– Welcomed by an iconic Manchester Queen and our exhibition and film screening opens
– Sound bath from New Earth Holistics
– Book reading
– Panel discussion on HIV activism
– Poetry reading from Gerry Potter
– Performance from Adam O’Shea, a talented pianist and singer who will perform a special and meaningful rendition
– Vogue performance by two iconic houses!
– A thank you and looking to the future, from the artist, Jordan Roberts.

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