We Liked the Way He Moved: A Presentation at the International AIDS Conference

Patrick "Pato" Hebert
Ajamu
August 19, 2016

Durban, South Africa, July 16, 2016

This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

This is the second installment of Pato and Ajamu’s collaboration featured on ArtsEverywhere. The first installment can be seen here. The third installment is published here, in which they reflect on their collaboration and experience at the International AIDS Conference.
On 16 July, 2016 they gave an illustrated plenary at the MSMGF’s “Action + Access” Pre-Conference for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Entitled, “We Liked the Way He Moved”, the talk featured imagery from both artists’ archives, and discussed the role that memory, creativity, and storytelling have played in the formation of queer communities during the time of AIDS.

Their talk also discussed two seminal figures — photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode and oral historian Horacio N. Roque Ramírez — whose efforts have much to teach us in relationship to migration, cultural production, pleasure, and world making. The following video is a recording of their talk, as introduced by George Ayala, Executive Director of the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF).logo69-2

Ajamu

Ajamu is a fine art photographic artist and archive-curator whose work has been consistently shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. He is predominately known for black male portraits, self-portraits and studio-based constructed imagery.

Patrick "Pato" Hebert

Pato Hebert is an artist, educator and cultural worker based in New York and Los Angeles. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. He is particularly interested in space, spirituality, pedagogy and progressive praxis. (Photo by Ken Merfeld)

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