The queer intimacy of global vision: Documentary practice and the AIDS pandemic

Title:
The queer intimacy of global vision: Documentary practice and the AIDS pandemic
Authors:
Raimondo, Meredith
Abstract:
This paper examines the visual and narrative geographies of AIDS in the documentaries Pandemic and A Closer Milk (both of which came out in 2003). Each film offers a travelogue of diverse sites affected by HIV/AIDS in order to politicize viewers' understanding of their place in the global pandemic, seeking to remake the spatial subjectivities that support a dangerously disinterested status quo that allows preventable illness and death to occur In exploring the spatial politics of mass-mediated subject formation through these conventionally accessible documentaries, I argue that each film hopes to offer what I will call a 'queer optic' on global AIDS, enabling viewers to look critically at the structures of inequality that normalize preventable suffering. By challenging normative ways of looking at AIDS, these documentaries seek to produce visual intimacies with the hope of diminishing the Disinterest of distance. However, neither film is able to realize its boldest ambitions. While recognizing their strong commitment to greater justice for people living with HIV/AIDS, I argue that each film employs narrative and visual strategies that ultimately limit their efficacy as political projects. In various ways, they struggle with and in substantive ways fail to dislodge colonial narratives and optics. By examining their projects through a theoretical framework influenced by early AIDS video activism. I demonstrate the importance of identifying visual strategies that resist neoimperial logics that too often shape the representation of spatial Others.
Citation:
Raimondo, Meredith. 2010. "The Queer Intimacy Of Global Vision: Documentary Practice And The Aids Pandemic." Environment And Planning D: Society & Space 28(1): 112-127.
Publisher:
Pion Ltd.
DATE ISSUED:
2010-02
Department:
Comparative American Studies
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1068/d1108
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309932

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dc.contributor.authorRaimondo, Meredithen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:21:29Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:21:29Zen
dc.date.issued2010-02en
dc.identifier.citationRaimondo, Meredith. 2010. "The Queer Intimacy Of Global Vision: Documentary Practice And The Aids Pandemic." Environment And Planning D: Society & Space 28(1): 112-127.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0263-7758en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309932en
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the visual and narrative geographies of AIDS in the documentaries Pandemic and A Closer Milk (both of which came out in 2003). Each film offers a travelogue of diverse sites affected by HIV/AIDS in order to politicize viewers' understanding of their place in the global pandemic, seeking to remake the spatial subjectivities that support a dangerously disinterested status quo that allows preventable illness and death to occur In exploring the spatial politics of mass-mediated subject formation through these conventionally accessible documentaries, I argue that each film hopes to offer what I will call a 'queer optic' on global AIDS, enabling viewers to look critically at the structures of inequality that normalize preventable suffering. By challenging normative ways of looking at AIDS, these documentaries seek to produce visual intimacies with the hope of diminishing the Disinterest of distance. However, neither film is able to realize its boldest ambitions. While recognizing their strong commitment to greater justice for people living with HIV/AIDS, I argue that each film employs narrative and visual strategies that ultimately limit their efficacy as political projects. In various ways, they struggle with and in substantive ways fail to dislodge colonial narratives and optics. By examining their projects through a theoretical framework influenced by early AIDS video activism. I demonstrate the importance of identifying visual strategies that resist neoimperial logics that too often shape the representation of spatial Others.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPion Ltd.en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1068/d1108en
dc.subject.departmentComparative American Studiesen_US
dc.titleThe queer intimacy of global vision: Documentary practice and the AIDS pandemicen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalEnvironment And Planning D-society & Spaceen_US
dc.subject.keywordHIV/AIDSen_US
dc.subject.keywordGlobalizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordCitizenshipen_US
dc.subject.keywordDiseaseen_US
dc.subject.keywordGayen_US
dc.subject.keywordEnvironmental Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordGeographyen_US
dc.identifier.volume28en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage112en_US
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