Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 - October 7, 2018.
Disclosure Cookbook is a conversational culinary experience that brings HIV positive people together over a lavish, collectively-prepared meal where participants engage in conversations about disclosing their HIV status with artists Jordan Arseneault and Mikiki. Selecting seasonal ingredients, developing a menu and recipes in the days beforehand, the artist duo invites participants to join us in preparing and enjoying a multicourse meal as the canvas for a discussion around how members of this community navigate HIV disclosure and stigma. Why HIV disclosure? Canada prosecutes more HIV positive people for not disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners than any other country in the world. Even though the prevention benefits of this misapplication of the law have been widely contested, HIV non-disclosure laws continue to threaten people living with HIV with prison, stigma, and lifelong criminalization.
Mikiki (b. Black Duck Siding, Newfoundland 1978) is a performance and video artist and queer community activist of Acadian/ Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland living in Toronto. Their work has been shown in artist-run centres, public galleries, performance festivals and self-produced interventions throughout Canada and internationally. They were past director of both Eastern Edge Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary. Mikiki has worked across the country as a sexuality educator in public schools with the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and as a bathhouse attendant, Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess, a Gay Men’s Outreach Worker, Harm Reduction Worker, and an HIV tester.
Jordan Arseneault (b. Saint John, New Brunswick, 1980) is a performer, social artist, writer, meeting facilitator, and translator. Arseneault’s staged work and participative workshops address issues of criminalization, stigma, mental health, HIV/AIDS, addiction, biculturalism, inherited trauma, queerness, and community. He is currently the coordinator of the moving image encyclopedia www.mediaqueer.ca, and has performed in numerous festivals, such as Phénomena, Jamais Lu, and Edgy Women. In June 2018, he and Mikiki performed the spoken duet The Two Steves’ Lament’for the VisualAIDS sponsored exhibition about HIV criminalization, Cell Count at La Mama Galleria in New York City.