Affection is fundamental to life. This is the main theme of the second season of the video podcast Conversas pro Paraíso, which presents the experiences of people living with HIV. The project, led by Corre Coletivo Cénio, integrates research on bodies living with HIV/AIDS, transversalized with guidelines that discuss how this virus interferes in the identity construction of LGBTQIAP+ bodies.
All five episodes are available on Instagram profiles@corre_ba and on the collective’s youtube. The debate is moderated by multi-artist members of Corre, Anderson Danttas, Igor Nascimento, Luiz Antônio Sena Jr., Marcus Lobo and Rafael Brito. At each program, a guest brings his experiences and research on HIV/AIDS.
Anderson Dantas insists on the importance of bringing a diversity of themes: “This season, we asked a series of questions, talked to researchers, artists and talked about our productions, our loves and our stories. It is very important to break a series of taboos that still exist in relation to the HIV/AIDS virus”.
Check out the first episode below:
The idea is to overcome misinformation, fear, guilt, silence, subjective closets and social islands. The instrument for this is to make dialogue an act that calls for a critical analysis of reality and movement to create new narratives, thus bringing diversity and representativeness to the process.
Member of Corre and positive body for 7 years, Rafael Brito took the opportunity to say that discussing homosexuality remains a taboo in the face of “good social habits” of the country, while proposing a debate on HIV status.
“It is in this spirit that we have created this project, to build new affirmative imaginaries of bodies living with HIV, so that we can, in turn, fight stigma and prejudice. We want to value representativeness movements, validate the presence, performance and storytelling of gays, black bixas and positive bodies. It is to reaffirm the right to exist/to love”, thinks.
With 24 years of experience working in Gapa, where she interacts directly with peers living with HIV/AIDS, providing advice on antiretroviral drugs and other information, Uruguayan Rosaria Piriz is one of the guests of the project. His speech is oriented towards healing paths, whether scientific or social, and where we are facing.
“A wonderful theme. We have a lot of absences. Lack of love, affection, attention, welcome. Initiatives like this bring us a joy to express and share our feelings, our lives,” nods.
Designer and photographer, Ton Schübber is another character in the series. It emphasizes the importance of affection, acceptance, family – blood and relationships. In addition, he shows his vision of activism as a strategy to confront prejudice and social violence against HIV-positive bodies.
The arrival of the HIV/AIDS virus in Rafael’s life has a heavy history. Her ex-husband discovered the disease at an advanced stage and died of complications during treatment. In turn, Ton discovered earlier and was more successful in finding a cure:
“I discovered it after taking an exam I had taken. My partner had HIV at an advanced stage of AIDS. He spent five months in Couto Maia and died. There I saw the result of what would be my lack of adherence to treatment. He’s not just going to take the medicine, the HIV-positive person develops a banzo, a depression of knowing that he’s going to face a whole society.” explains Ton.
After the shocks, he decided to do everything to help people adhere to treatment and the opportunity to talk about it is rewarding for the photographer. Spread the message and bring affection to the agenda.