Online Reading Group with Charles Ryan Long and Rinaldo Walcott


Online Reading Group with Charles Ryan Long and Rinaldo Walcott

    Thursday 18 March 2021, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Join us for an online reading group hosted by The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism, led by Chicago-based artist and activist Charles Ryan Long and writer and scholar Rinaldo Walcott.

Organized as an extension of Oakville Galleries' current exhibition Diedrick Brackens: shape of a fever believer, this reading group looks to re-engage sex, kinship, and desire in the dialogue around HIV/AIDS. Specifically, we look to survey the work and legacy fostered by queer Black artists and cultural producers in HIV/AIDS activism.

We will read excerpts from selected issues of The HIV Howler. The HIV Howler is a limited edition art newspaper. Participants who register by Monday, March 8 will receive a free, mailed copy of selected texts from The HIV Howler. Registrations after March 8 are welcome but mailed copies are not guaranteed to arrive by the event. RSVP here to receive the readings and Zoom meeting details.

This event is concurrent with The HIV Howler IN CONVERSATION, an online program of conversations, artworks and performances curated by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread to celebrate the launch of The HIV Howler, Issue 5 TIME + MONEY.

This program is generously supported by our Public Programs Partner Chubb.

Registration is now full.

About the speakers

Charles Ryan Long is a Chicago based multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and Black liberationist. He explores issues of representation, legacy, and loss through paper making, print, performance, and other mediums that lend themselves to the principles of the democratic multiple. His work seeks out the audience and hopes to stir within them a push towards the future where we center the needs of those with the least amongst us.

Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality. He is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997; 2nd revised edition, 2003; 20th anniversary issue, 2018), Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies (Insomniac Press, 2016), On Property (Biblioasis, 2021), The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards (Black) Freedom (Duke University Press, 2021) and coauthor of BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom (ARP Books, 2019).

The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism is a limited edition art newspaper published by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread that focuses on global grassroots HIV art and cultural production. Artists have and continue to play a fundamental role in shaping broader societal understandings of HIV and working within communities that are most impacted by the virus: queer and trans people, people who use drugs, sex workers, people of colour, and indigenous peoples. Together we reflect the immediacy and urgency of global HIV/AIDS dialogues as well as their historical continuities. The HIV Howler is a forum for dialogue, a demand for aesthetic self-determination, a response to tokenism, and a guide to navigating the vibrational ambiguities between policy, pathology, and community.

Publishers + Editors

Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread

Anthea Black is an artist and writer based in Toronto and Oakland where they are Professor of Printmedia at California College of the Arts. Jessica Whitbread is a queer activist, artist and Visual AIDS Vanguard based in Toronto and Bulgaria. Together they are partners, publishers and co-editors of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism.

HIV Howler Distribution

The HIV Howler is distributed by Art Metropole and Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto), OR Books (Vancouver), San Serriffe (Amsterdam), Casa Bosques (Mexico City), and Printed Matter (New York).

Image: Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread, The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art + Activism, Issue 1: Criminalization-Medicalization, Issue 2: Mentor-Mother, Issue 3: Sex-Pleasure, Issue 4: Movement-Migration, 2018-present, artist newspaper, 24-pages, published in an edition of 1500 copies.

  • Free



18 March, 2021, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm


This event will be held over Zoom.