Bodyscapes Healing Arts is CELEBRATING RESILIENCE with San Francisco AIDS Foundation Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network, Wednesday, December 5, at STRUT, 470 Castro Street, third floor, 6-8:30 p.m. Poetry starts promptly at 7 p.m.
Many of the artists were young people when they or their lovers were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. For over twenty-thirty years they have survived. Now, they live to tell younger members of the LGBTQIA+ communities what it is like to live past the AIDS epidemic. These long-term survivors have tremendous resilience and flexibility of mind and body. They are some of the LGBTQIA+ communities’ elders, the caretakers of valuable insights-deep and rich narratives full of subtlety and surprise.
May Martin’s vitality and the colorful pastel drawings created by these 15 Bodyscapes artists heighten and animate your journey as LGBTQIA+ elders who LIVED, AGED, and FLOURISHED through and after the AIDS pandemic.
A heartfelt thank you to the SF Aids Foundation Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network!
Many of the artists were young people when they or their lovers were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. For over twenty — thirty years they have survived. Now, they live to tell younger members of the LGBTQIA+ communities’ what it is like to live past the epidemic, to thrive and to age. These long-term survivors have tremendous resilience and flexibility of mind and body. They are the LGBTQIA+ community’s elders, the caretakers of valuable insights – deep and rich narratives full of subtlety and surprise.
Newton Butler’s eloquently poetic insight, in search of an answer to the physical and symbolic pain of aging, is to call for “…childhood eyes Re-Born!”
Jesse Crosslin passionately articulates his lifelong quest to continue loving while living with HIV. “I am searching inside myself, deep inside my soul…once filled with the wonderful essence of our love…I’m healing…I’m going to love again”
Sister Used Carlotta, aka Carlos, identifies his secret of how to be happy after something bad happens. “Rejuvenation, Invigorates, Intoxicates….” leading to a new twist on his concept of self. “This is the new old me, the old new me.”
Over the weekend of October 27 & 28, 2018, sixteen members of the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network attended a Bodyscapes Healing Art Workshop Experience. They created poetry and colorful pastel drawings to share the many levels of their unique experience as older LGBTQIA+people seeking to assign meaning to living and aging through and after the San Francisco AIDS epidemic.
They are some of the LGBTQIA+ community’s elders— those who lived–who remain. They are the caretakers of valuable insight – deep and rich narratives full of subtlety and surprise – about the condition of the hearts and minds of their generation. They lived their youthful years when being LGBTQIA+ in America was unacceptable. They struggled for self-identity and then the freedom to live that hard-won identity OUT-LOUD.
Today, they are over 50 years old and contemplating what it feels like to be LGBTQIA+, both HIV positive and negative, in the later stages of their lives here in San Francisco – a city now dominated by a new and younger generation, both in the tech culture and the LGBTQIA+ world. Many feel that too familiar gnaw of loneliness and neglect from a culture that does not see them and wants them to be invisible – again. Continue reading
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Four years ago, The Red & Orange House (ROH) was basically an unknown non-profit organization. No public Bodyscapes Healing Arts Workshops had ever been conducted. No Bodyscapes art catalogs had ever been produced. No Bodyscapes Drawing What Ails Us art exhibitions installed nor any opening night receptions hosted. ROH had only conducted 35 free workshops to my friends and family. Workshops conducted on the dining room table in my apartment. Continue reading
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