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LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN 2019 Valentine Exhibition Opening

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN 2019 is a project established by Visual AIDS artist member Jessica Whitbread in 2013. “Why not do something nice for the women most forgotten about?” in the AIDS pandemic, said Whitbread. “I started LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN in 2013 as a way to rally women living with HIV to celebrate themselves as well as to be celebrated by friends, lovers, children and loving souls.”

The LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN 2019 Valentine Pop-up Exhibition at the Abrons Art Center, Second Floor Gallery, will be a display of hundreds of handmade paper valentines made by artists and friends. These valentines will then be mailed to self-identifying women living with HIV internationally for Valentine’s Day. Artists, activists and HIV+ women will come together at Dieu Donné’s paper making studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to create unique handmade valentines. On January 28 and 29, 2019, Visual AIDS, the Fire Island Artist Residency, Dieu Donné and Positive Women’s Network-USA will host four paper-making valentine workshops to create valentines.

Handmade paper Valentines made during Visual AIDS’ 2018 LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN workshops

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. and is free to the public. It will include reflections on the importance of love and community-building from Visual AIDS Artist+ Members and others from the Positive Women’s Network and She’s So VOCAL (Voices of Community Activists & Leaders). The exhibit will run through February 3, 2019, from 10:00a.m. to 10:00;p.m.

Immediately after the exhibition, these valentines will be mailed to HIV-positive women internationally and will arrive in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Abrons Art Center, Second Floor Gallery is located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002.

For more info, log on to: https://visualaids.org/events/detail/lpw-opening-2019.

Are you a woman living with HIV who would like to receive a handmade valentine for Valentine’s Day? To receive a valentine, please email your name and mailing address to [email protected] by January 31, 2019.
—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.