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HIV & VHIDA Portraits of Pleasure and Stigma. Art by Daniel Arzola

December 6   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Daniel Arzola is back!

We are so excited to have the work of Daniel Arzola at Strut!  For the month of December we are exhibiting the art of this incredibly talented artist and activist. He is traveling from very far to be here so we want to see you all there!

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Bring your friends, are all welcome!  The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since!

Artist Statement
The portrait of HIV in Latin American society continues to be associated with death and stigma. While Chile is one of the ten countries with the newest cases of HIV in the world, in 2018 Venezuela had more than 5,000 people die because they could not access medications they needed. In Argentina, cases of shortages of antiretrovirals are beginning to be reported. Meanwhile, public campaigns on the continent continue to repeat the same message for the last 30 years: the condom as the only means of prevention, while the use of PrEp is seen as something dangerous.
VIHDA: Sex, pleasure, and HIV stigma in Latin America is composed of works that arose in response to Daniel Arzola’s experiences using PrEP for 6 months, and being open about this, in contrast to a society that ignores this treatment and continues to associate HIV as a punishment.

About the Artist
Daniel Arzola (Venezuela, May 6, 1989) is a visual artist, Human rights activist and lecturer winner of a Trailblazer Honor Award of Logo TV for its contribution to the LGBTQ community. Daniel Arzola popularized the term “Artivism” being the creator “No Soy Tu Chiste” (I’m Not a Joke) a series of posters with approaches that face homophobia and transphobia, work that was also translated into twenty languages and supported via Twitter by Madonna. Arzola intervened the first LGBTQ metro station in Latin America, Carlos station Jáuregui of the Buenos Aires metro, becoming this its first exhibition permanent, which includes a mural of fourteen meters, stairs and balconies allusive to the fight of Jáuregui and the LGBTQ community.

If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at baruch@sfaf.org

Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


December 6
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Baruch Porras Hernandez


Strut, 2nd Floor
470 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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