Drs. Jih-Fei Cheng and Alexandra Juhasz are editors, with Nishant Shahani, of the soon to be released AIDS and the Distribution of Crises (Duke University Press 2020) which establishes how the AIDS pandemic is a network of varied historical, overlapping, and ongoing crises born of global capitalism and colonial, racialized, gendered, and sexual violence. Engaging with AIDS activist and artist, Judy Ornelas Sisneros, this panel will present meaningful examples from the anthology, Sisneros’s ongoing work, and the archival art show, Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Art and Activism (at the ONE Archives Gallery in West Hollywood) with which all three panelists are involved. Drawing on their investments in activism, media, anticolonialism, feminism, and queer and trans of color critiques, the panelists will outline the neoliberal logic of “crisis” structures and how AIDS is aesthetically, institutionally, and politically reproduced and experienced.
This lecture will be held in the Digital Humanities Center LA-61 (bottom of the dome). Organized by the SDSU LGBTQ Research Consortium.
Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is a Distinguished Professor of Film at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995); Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co-edited with Jesse Lerner (Minnesota, 2005); Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/learning-youtube); co-edited with Alisa Lebow, The Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Documentary (2015); with Yvonne Welbon, Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of African-American Lesbian Filmmaking (Duke University Press, 2018); with Jih-Fei Cheng and Nishant Shahani AIDS and the Distribution of Crises (Duke 2020); with Nishant Shah, FAKE! (Melos Press, 2020); and My Phone Lies to Me: Fake News Poetry Workshops as Radical Digital Media Literacy (Brooklyn: The Operating System, 2020). Dr. Juhasz is the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy as well as the feature fake documentaries The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1997) and The Owls (Dunye, 2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including fake news (http://scalar.me/100hardtruths) and Fake News Poetry Workshops (fakenews-poetry.org), YouTube (aljean.wordpress.com), and feminist pedagogy and community (feministonlinespaces.com and ev-ent-anglement.com). With Anne Balsamo, she was founding co-facilitator of the network, FemTechNet: [../../../private/var/folders/5v/n_2021s88xqcys0059b81fp00000gn/T/com.apple.mail/com.apple.mail/compose/attach/femtechnet.org]femtechnet.org.
Dr. Jih-Fei Cheng is Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College. He has worked in HIV/AIDS social services, managed a university cultural center, been involved in media production and curation, and participated in queer and trans of color grassroots and non-profit organizations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York City addressing health, immigration, houselessness, gentrification, sex work, addiction, police brutality, and prison abolition. Cheng’s research examines the intersections between science, media, surveillance, and social movements. He is co-editor, with Nishant Shahani and Alexandra Juhasz, of the forthcoming volume AIDS and the Distribution of Crises (Duke UP 2020). His first monograph, tentatively titled Queer Code: in AIDS and Reproductive Labor in the Time of Virology, examines the science, activism, and media of AIDS in relation to the colonial history of virology and the historical transformations of global capitalism. A second research project addresses the role of the industrial sciences and media surveillance technologies in the development of the People’s Republic of China, commencing with an investigation of the HIV epidemic outbreak among blood donors in his paternal grandfather’s province of Henan.
Judy Ornelas Sisneros is a native Californian, a resident of Los Angeles since 1988 and was a member of ACT UP LA (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), from 1990 to 1995. Sisneros was part of a national network of ACT UP Women’s Caucus members that organized the National Dyke March in Washington, D.C., along with the Lesbian Avengers, which took place on the eve of the 1993 National LGBT March on Washington, an event which kickstarted a wave of dyke marches throughout the U.S. that continues to this day. She was also a member of Queer Nation Los Angeles. In 1994 she co-founded the Los Angeles Dyke March. She is a board member of Tongues, a Latina lesbian arts organization, and went with the group when they traveled to the 2006 Marcha Lesbica in Mexico City. Also, she is the official photographer for the Turn It Up! organization which advocates for women’s parity in the music industry. Among her curations/co-curations: Lesbians to Watch Out For: ‘90s Queer L.A. Activism (2017, Plummer Park, West Hollywood), OUT Sights (2004, ONE Gallery, Los Angeles) and Loud, Proud and Pissed (2000, Highways Gallery2, Santa Monica). Currently she practices her activism via documentary photography, preferring to shoot queer culture artists, scenesters, activists and their friends, especially in the punk and/or POC underground. Recently she exhibited in group shows Liberate the Bar! Queer Nightlife, Activism and Space Making (ONE Gallery, West Hollywood); Scream Queen (AMAX Gallery, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles) and Round Hole Square Peg 4 (at Photo L.A. in Santa Monica and in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park). Later this year she will be included in the city-wide Queer Biennial at the ONE Archives Gallery in Los Angeles and in the LGBT Heritage Past Present Future exhibit at the Artist Corner Gallery in Beverly Hills as part of West Hollywood’s ONE PRIDE ONE CITY events.