Contracting an Issue is a social awareness project which began as an artistic endeavor of artist Gk Callahan and collaborator/photographer Allison Webber. The artists produce and archive collections of public, spoken-word documentary performances that reference HIV/AIDS. The project is based on the stories of individuals and the truths they hold in varying communities around the globe. This project was created with the notion of understanding and recognizing the comparative reality we share concerning fears, prejudices and health issues towards HIV/AIDS.
Together these performances form a comprehensive, less temporal portrait of HIV/AIDS. A portrait that is relative and relatable, yet shows the diversity and reach of this unbiased disease.
Asking how this disease does or does not affect people, their lives and their bodies, demonstrates a glimpse of the disease's current hold, and begins to break down the stigma attached to the disease.
Because being sick is enough for one to handle, and the facts are the same for everyone. “You might not ever truly know if you could have contracted HIV, until you have, but one thing I am sure of, we have all contracted an issue!”- Gk Callahan Help, Connect, Participate →
We recently concluded our preliminary engagement in May of 2014, with the pilot production“Always Waiting”.
The initial dialog in the Contracting An Issue project began in San Francisco, CA with the iteration “Always Waiting” Currently we are working on fundraising and building additional relationships around the globe to continue this project. - View “Always Waiting"
Although HIV/AIDS is affecting our society differently than in the past, this epidemic is still very real and among us, and for many people it remains an elephant in the room. From San Francisco to Africa ignorance, hate, stigma, fear, and associated risk make HIV/AIDS an invisible burden.
All photography provided by collaborator Allison Webber