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Let's Talk About This:
Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS

We must come to see that the end we seek is
a society at peace with itself, a society that can live
with its conscience.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alabama, 1965



Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS was unveiled on World AIDS DAY in December 2012 as an exhibition in progress. Initial HIV/AIDS related art works by local Spanish Market artists Andrew Montoya, Diana Moya Lujan, Tomas Salazar y Weiler and John Gallegos, and international artists were complemented with a block from the AIDS Memorial Quilt commemorating eight New Mexicans who died from the disease to begin the exhibition. Community partners who have participated in the exhibition include Southwest CARE Center, Santa Fe; N'M Power, and the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, among others. Museum visitors have been invited to engage with the issues raised by the first set of art work by talking, writing about, stitching or drawing. The works by visitors stayed in the gallery for more visitors to see, creating a kind of asynchronous conversation. Through this process, the exhibition has grown, changed and developed in response to community participation. “You must not be ashamed to speak out, telling the community! When you keep quiet you sign your own death warrant.” Maria Rengane, embroiderer, South Africa.


Public Programs

Please tune in for an upcoming Audio Revolution broadcast, featuring N'MPower and local traditional artists featured in the Gallery of Conscience exhibit, Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS,on Wednesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm Mountain Time. The program will air on KSFR, 101.1 FM.

For those of you living outside of Santa Fe, you can listen on the KSFR website: 

http://ksfr.org/

After the broadcast, the program will live on the Youth Media Project website at this link:

http:// www.youthmediaproject.org/ category/radio-show/

Tune in and enjoy! 

Half-hour versions of this broadcast will also air in early 2014 on KUNM and on KRZA (out of Alamosa, Colorado in the San Luis Valley).

The program features stories created by members of N'MPower of Albuquerque, an LGBTQ resource youth resource center that has been our community partner over the past year. In collaboration with Youth Media Project and the Museum of International Folk Art's Gallery of Conscience, N'MPower members participated in a training on media literacy, interviewing skills, and folk arts. They have interwoven their own stories with interviews they conducted with local traditional artists whose work is featured in our exhibit, Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS. The resulting pieces are quite beautiful and moving. 

Thanks to the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, International Folk Art Foundation, and New Mexico Arts for their generous support of this project!


Past Public Programs

Saturday June 22, 2013

Santa Fe Pride Day
See the Let's Talk About This booth and Museum of International Folk Art staff at the 2013 Pride Day!


International Folk Arts Week Begins!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

1-4PM
Events celebrating the opening of Let's Talk About This:
Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS

1:00-2:00PM Explore the exhibition with folk artists:

Cabordino Mustafá Jethá, Mozambique

Claudio Jimenez Quispe, Peru

Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban, Cuba

Lulama Sihlabeni, South Africa

Diana Moya Lujan, Andrew Montoya, Louisa Baca, John Gallegos, N'M Power, Tomas Salazar y Weiler, and Debbi Wersonick, New Mexico.

2:30 p.m. Panel discussion with the artists moderated by Gallery of Conscience Director Dr. Suzanne Seriff.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Reception hosted by the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico. (Photo, above: La Curacion del Corazon: The Healing of the Heart, by Diana Moya Lujan. Photo by Blair Clark)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Parking lots are now tented! NO PARKING ZONES ENFORCED. Use FREE Park and Ride Shuttles at the First Baptist Church at Old Pecos Trail and Camino Lejo 9:45AM to 5:15PM

1-2PM Facilitated Dialogue with artists and Museum visitors
How do we Memorialize and Commemorate our loved ones who have passed away from or are living with HIV/AIDS?

Artists:

Cabordino Mustafá Jethá, Mozambique

Claudio Jimenez Quispe, Peru

Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban, Cuba

Lulama Sihlabeni, South Africa

Andrew Montoya, and Jane Gabaldon, New Mexico

2-4PM Hands on community art project memorializing those we have loved and lost with iron on quilt making, memorial cards, and a drawing/painting activity.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Let's Talk About This: Folk Artist Respond to HIV/AIDS
1-2PM Call and Response with Gallery of Conscience Artists: What's Happening in Your Community About HIV/AIDS & How are We Getting the Word Out About HIV/AIDS? Facilitated Dialogue with Museum visitors & Artists:

Cabordino Mustafá Jethá, Mozambique

Claudio Jimenez Quispe, Peru

Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban, Cuba

Andrew Montoya, Louisa Baca, N'MPower, New Mexico

2-4PM Hands--on community Art Projects protest sign and story box activities about getting the message out.

See More International Folk Arts Week & Market events»

Saturday July 13, 2013




Santa Fe International Folk Art Market»

Early Bird 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Regular Market 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


1PM Gallery Talk Commemoration and Memorialization
and tour of Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS with Dr. Suzanne Seriff and Lulama Sihlabeni, South Africa

3PM Getting the Word Out Gallery Talk and Tour of Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS with Dr. Suzanne Seriff and Cabordino Mustafá Jethá, Mozambique

Sunday July 14, 2013
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market»

Family Day
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11AM Gallery Talk: What's Happening in Our Communities
Gallery Talk and Tour of Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS with Dr. Suzanne Seriff and Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban, Cuba and Janet Nkubana, Rwanda


Sunday November 3
1 - 4 PM
Stitching Memories, Savings Lives:
Santa Fe Stories of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Public event inviting individuals to share stories of the artists, advocates, visionaries, family members and friends whose lives are stitched into the memorial quilt panels with the NAMES project Foundation. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS in the Gallery on Conscience through January 5, 2014. (Photo:AIDS Memorial Quilt Block 3561, ca. 1994, The NAMES Project. Cotton, synthetic fabrics and trims, leather, suede, plastic sequins and buttons. Loan courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation) To share your quilt story and images, please contact Laura Marcus Green, Gallery of Conscience Community Engagement Coordinator, by or before October 24, 2013 by e-mail to lauraruth@earthlink.net, or by phone (505) 690 7380. Link to .pdf form for participation

Thursday November 14
5:30- 8:00 P.M.
Connecting Artists, Empowering Youth

MOIFA and the Youth Media Project (YMP) present a Listening event featuring pieces YMP participants created on HIV/AIDS advocacy, education and community outreach. Presented with support from the International Sites of Conscience and the New Mexico Arts Division. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS in the gallery on Conscience through January 5, 2014. (Photo: La Curacion del Corazon: The Healing of the Heart, by Diana Moya Lujan. Photo by Blair Clark)

 


Sunday December 1
2-6PM
World AIDS Day Community Ceremony and Panel Conversation.
Join community scholars, leaders engaged in projects that channel cultural perspectives into effective tools to address HIV/AIDS in diverse community settings will share their experiences in a moderated panel discussion with audience question and answer culminating with a candlelight observance on Milner Plaza. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS in the gallery on Conscience through January 5, 2014. (Photo: Orphan Tower, 2012. Women from the Siyazama (We are Trying) Project,Durban Institute of Technology, Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa. Wood, cloth, glass beads. Loan courtesy of Michigan State University Museum. Photo by PJ Smutko.

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