What Would an Uprising Doula Do? – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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What Would an Uprising Doula Do?

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm EST

*New Date* Friday, December 4, 2020, 7 pm ET
Free or suggested donation
Registration required, with limited capacity. Click here to register.
Access information: This interactive workshop will be presented in Zoom in English, Spanish, and with ASL interpretation. If you encounter any issues, please send us a text message at 716-427-4125.

An animated gif showcasing a number of responses to the question What does COVID look like in the future for you?

Above: A GIF from collective answers given to the question “What does ‘COVID’ look like in the future for you?” by participants of the workshop in the Mural app. You can download and see the responses as a PDF here and as a PNG image here. The zine What Would an Uprising Doula Do? can be downloaded here.

What are the ways we can imagine worlds with others? How can we come together online to care for each other in the midst of global uprisings and injustice? What are the futures we can channel to heal and hold each other?

This interactive, virtual workshop invites participants to engage with the What Would an HIV Doula Do? (WWHIVDD) community to consider the state of the world through their own experiences.

This workshop builds on the work of WWHIVDD in responding to the AIDS crises, and coincides with the release of What Does an Uprising Doula Do?, edited by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad and Pato Hebert, featuring images, first-person micro essays, poems, and other text from contributors across the US. It is WWHIVDD’s third zine focusing on COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. (Participants will be provided a copy of the zine upon release in early November, and asked to read it before the workshop.)

Facilitated by members of the WWHIVDD and Buffalo community, participants will engage in group conversation and break-out room activities to create future-oriented timelines that look past our current traumas by talking together and using the visual brainstorming Mural application.

This event is part of Timeline(s) of Care. Comprising five single-night screenings, artist talks, and interactive events taking place throughout Fall 2020, the series focuses on illness, disability, and care work across generations, crisscrossing timelines, and the minutiae of personal, social, political, and institutional life. These works acknowledge the lives and work of those who came before us to create different tomorrows.

What Would an HIV Doula Do? is a community of people joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. We understand a doula as someone who holds space during times of transition. We understand HIV as a series of transitions that begins long before being tested or getting a diagnosis, and continues after treatment. We doula ourselves, each other, institutions and culture. Foundational to our process is asking questions.

Image provided by What Would an HIV Doula Do?


December 4, 2020
7:00 pm– 9:30 pm EST
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