La Galleria: Cell Count

May 31, 2018 - June 16, 2018

La MaMa Galleria | 47 Great Jones Street

Gallery Hours: Thursday to Sunday 1 to 7PM, or by appointment

Free Admission

Curated by Kyle Croft and Asher Mones
Co-presented by Visual AIDS

In May 2015, Michael Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for recklessly exposing others to HIV, a crime that does not require any proof of actual transmission. His case is just one of over 300 prosecutions for HIV exposure in the last ten years, a fact that has received little attention despite renewed interest in the histories and legacies of AIDS activism. Taking HIV criminalization as a starting point, Cell Count will bring together artists and thinkers who grapple with the mechanisms of surveillance and containment which presume guilt and intent, render bodies as weapons and enable the incarceration of marginalized communities.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a performance program on June 13, featuring Timothy DuWhite, Jordan Arseneault and Mikiki.

Camilo Godoy, Study (Criminal Transmission (709C.1)), 2013. Lavender and semen. Image courtesy the artist

About La MaMa Galleria

Founded in 1984, La MaMa La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing artistic experimentation. La Galleria serves its neighborhood as a venue that encourages an active dialogue between the visual arts, new media, performance, curatorial and educational projects. Its focus is to offer programming that reaches beyond the expectations of traditional gallery and institutional exhibition-making, to a diverse and intergenerational audience. And as a non-profit, La Galleria is able to provide artists and curators with unique exhibition opportunities that are largely out of reach in a commercial gallery setting.
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Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.