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LUX in LOCKDOWN: Picturing a Pandemic

Thu 4 Jun 2020 / 6pm UK TIME

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This week we are discussing our ongoing project Picturing A Pandemic which looks to the moving image archive to examine the ways that video as a practice, technology, and commons offers the tools for women, LGBTQIA, people with chronic conditions and people of colour to stage liberations, survive crises as collective and embody activisms past, present and future. The project is curated by artist and writer Conal McStravick who will be in discussion with British writer, art historian, and AIDS activist Simon Watney.

This will be a live discussion on Zoom, and will be broadcast and archived on the LUX facebook page with a live transcript via Otter.ai

Conal McStravick
Conal McStravick (b. 1979, Lurgan, N.Ireland) is an artist, educator and writer who makes solo and collaborative artworks, workshops and events that explore LGBTQIA and queer feminist activisms, cultures, histories, economies and practices in moving image, performance and text. McStravick has exhibited in the UK and overseas including collaborative exhibitions and events. In 2020/21 as well as Picturing A Pandemic he is collaborating with LGBTQIA organisations on the Studio Voltaire projects Desperate Living and Desperate Living COVID-19. Mc Stravick studied at Glasgow School of Art and CRMEP Kingston, has served on the committee of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow and was selected as a LUX Associate Artist in 2011.

Simon Watney
Simon Watney is a British writer, art historian, and AIDS activist. Simon Watney has a long-established reputation in the field of HIV/AIDS as a writer, founder of numerous charities and not-for-profit companies, educator and service provider. From 1985 to ‘89, he was the founding chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust‘s Health Education Group, where he oversaw the development of the trust’s pioneering HIV-prevention campaigns. From 1988 to ‘95 he wrote a respected monthly column on HIV/AIDS issues in Britain’s leading gay magazine, Gay Times; in 1990 he was a co-founder of the activist group OutRage.

You can find the recording of this discussion on the LUX Facebook page or watch the full video below.

Three people wearing t-shirts on which outrage, act up and queer nation are written.
Over Our Dead Bodies, Stuart Marshall, 1991