AIDS/HIV as (Another) Form of Governmentality
Keywords:AIDS/HIV, charity, solidarity, post-colonial order, feminism
The following contribution is a short summary of an artistic research project on AIDS/HIV, which attempt was/is to reopen and to re-articulate the discourse on the virus and the illness from contemporary feminist and post-colonial perspectives. The idea for this project departed from the constantly imposed and in the meantime unbearable confrontation with the immensely powerful charity machine around AIDS/HIV. We conceive it within the capitalist ideology as the bottom line of processes of normalization. To open this agenda means to open an entire system of capitalist Christian mentality, which concerns contexts of visual representation, popular culture, medical industry, history writing, the “Third” and as well as the “Second” World. In the same instance these processes of normalization resulted in establishing a corrupted homo-normativism that re-produces bourgeois mentality of white supremacy and privatized privileges. Therefore we asked what meaning in such a context bears the terminology of emancipation, solidarity and of a life? These theoretical questions demanded a radicalized curatorial gesture: abandoning the classical gallery-display, and as well asked for a collective ideological positioning. It is necessary to comprehend the virus and the illness as a site of continuing policy of racialization, segregation, homophobia and further capitalist exploitation within the capitalist post-colonial order.
Author(s): Ivan Jurica
Title (English): AIDS/HIV as (Another) Form of Governmentality
Journal Reference: Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2013)
Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
Page Range: 58-60
Page Count: 3
Citation (English): Ivan Jurica, “AIDS/HIV as (Another) Form of Governmentality,” Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2013): 58-60.
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