WHAT DOES AN UPRISING DOULA DO?
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Uprising is a word that can be found across time in archives, news reports, group texts, and more, meaning many things to different people. As editors of the What Does an Uprising Doula Do? zine, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Pato Hebert sought to both explore and make space for these multiple understandings. As members of the What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective, the editors posed prompts to their friends, comrades, and peers.
In response, over 20 different artists, HIV activists, COVID-19 long haulers, friends, archivists, and freedom fighters shared their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Through the collected images, short personal reflections, poetry, and more, no single idea of what an uprising is, or what a doula can do, is put forth. Rather, what emerges is a multifaceted testament to the power and experiences of communities dispossessed, othered, and marginalized across history, including in this time of pandemics, protests, and political strife.
This is the third zine that What Would an HIV Doula Do? has produced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the second co-presented with One Institute. Like the first collaboration, What Does a COVID-19 Doula Do?, this current zine also includes archival work from the exhibition Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism, organized by One Institute and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center New York; and curated by Katherine Cheairs, Alexandra Juhasz, Theodore (ted) Kerr, and Jawanza Williams for What Would an HIV Doula Do? (WWHIVDD).
Contributors to What Does an Uprising Doula Do? include: Alexandra Juhasz, Arielle Julia Brown, Aya Seko + Danny Ruelas, Cameron Whitten with Black Resilience Fund, Christopher N. Ferreria, Emily Bass, Evie Snax. Jared Giles, JD Davids*, Joann Walker, Jordyn Smith with Black Trans Femmes in the Arts Collective, Justine Desa, Katherine Cheairs, Kimi Lee with Bay Rising, Louie Ortiz-Fonseca with Gran Varones, Marty Fink, Max Zev, Melissa Olson, Micheala Holmes, Molly M. Pearson, Nicholas D’Avella, Sur Rodney (sur), Tamar Oyola Santiago, and Theodore (ted) Kerr.
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*Please note, JD Davids’ contribution has been updated, including a link for further engagement.
The zine project is supported by One Institute as part of the exhibition Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism.