Jul 26, 2016

IV Embrace: On Caregiving and Creativity

In The Power of Your Care 

The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, NYC

IV Embrace: On Caregiving & Creativity –

A Panel Moderated by Ted Kerr
with Artists Rafael Sánchez, Joy Episalla, and Lodz Joseph

Organized by Visual AIDS

Thursday, July 14, 2016
6 to 8pm

Organized by Rubin Foundation grantee Visual AIDS, this conversation featured artists and activists Joy Episalla, Rafael Sánchez, and Lodz Joseph in a discussion on the role of caring and caregivers throughout the ongoing AIDS crisis from an artist and doula perspective. Moderated by Ted Kerr, IV Embrace: On Caregiving & Creativity highlighted personal experiences from both sides of the caregiving process: both caring for and receiving care. In conjunction with the exhibition In the Power of Your Care, the event highlighted artworks in the exhibition by Hunter Reynolds and Frank Moore as well as works by Hugh Steers and Kathleen White, among others.

In the spirit of community, Rafael Sánchez and Kathleen White created alLuPiNiT (the new york city environ mental magazine) in 2008. alLuPiNiT Vol. 5: Hunter Reynolds, Survival AIDS coincided with Reynolds’ 2011 show of the same title at Participant Inc. It was around that time that White offered to help Reynolds adhere to his meds by checking in with him by phone daily, which Reynolds eventually incorporated into his artistic practice with his work Medication Reminder. In the summer of 2013, just weeks after Visual AIDS’ Not Over exhibition, which included installations by both Reynolds and Sánchez, White was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. It was an incredibly tragic year but they loved and cared for each other and continued to be artists through all of it. White passed away on September 2, 2014. It was the day after her last show had closed.

Kathleen White
Love Letter, oil on canvas, 2002

Kathleen White, Devotion, Participant Inc, Jan. 2004

Rafael Sánchez, REVOLVER
Participant Inc, Oct. 2004

pictured Robert Appleton and Kathleen White


Sánchez / White,

Unifesto, 2006; stencil-action, 2013


Sánchez / White, Bookstand

2004 -ongoing;  Art in General, 2010


Somewhat Portable Dolmen

Sánchez / White, 2007 -ongoing