May 31, 2018 - June 16, 2018
La MaMa Galleria | 47 Great Jones Street
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Sunday 1 to 7PM, or by appointment
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.