In 1985, the development of an antibody test for HIV established a dichotomy in the
fields of health, sexuality, and politics: the categories of “positive” and “negative.”
Ten years later, the advent of combination antiretroviral treatments enabled
a reduction of a body’s viral load to levels that elude conventional testing,
thus inaugurating a third form of status and a new concept in biopolitics:
“undetectable.” Signifying a presence that is absent, predicated on suppression
and surveillance, the undetectable occupies an indeterminate space and produces
new modes of connectivity, at once increasing the capacity of a body and subjecting
it to a relentless regime of control.
LaMama LaGalleria / 6 East 1st Street, NYC / May 31 – June 30 2012
Curator: Nathan Lee / Assistant Curator: Rachel Cook / Produced by: Visual AIDS
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:00 – 8:00
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Artist Talk & Curator Walk
Curator Nathan Lee will be joined by select participating artists
for an informal walkthrough of the exhibition and discussion of the project.
Thursday, June 21, 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Helen Epstein and Kenyon Farrow
A conversation between author Helen Epstein (The Invisible Cure) and
writer and activist Kenyon Farrow will consider the problem of undetectability
in relation to epidemiological and political factors.
Friday, June 29, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Performances by Mary Walling Blackburn and SKOTE
As part of Mary Walling Blackburn’s work, Against Tenderness, the artist proposes
to collectively translate a work by the pioneering queer theorist Guy Hocquenghem.
This event will stage a reading of the completed translation, touching on Hocquenghem’s
problems with tenderness.