FIRST WE NEED TO LOOK THE THING DIRECTLY IN THE EYE AND ASK: WHY DO OUR CULTURES REMAIN SILENT AND THEREBY PERMIT THE SEX-TRAFFICKING OF BOYS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SEX TRADE IN BOYS TO CONTINUE. IS IT REALLY SO EMBARRASSING TO AVOID SPEAKING OF THE REALITY EXPERIENCED BY CHILDREN. IF SO SURELY OUR HUMANITY AND BOYS' BODIES ARE DYING OF EMBARRASSMENT. HIV/AIDS AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ARE FLOURISHING IN OUR SOCIO-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS.
Even since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and trauma have been found to be highly prevalent and associated with HIV transmission and acquisition across the diverse HIV risk groups and particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). Thirty years in to the epidemic, there is a large and growing body of research documenting the complexity of the associations between childhood trauma and subsequent HIV risk taking: these pathways include increased difficulties appraising risk, confusion about sexual identity, depression, anxiety, hostility, dissociation, and substance and alcohol abuse.
When Picasso was 14-years-old he submitted this pencil drawing of a man to enter the Barcelona School of Fine Arts in 1895.
WHEN OUR CULTURE DIES OF EMBARRASSMENT, SO DO PEDIATRIC MALES SUBJECTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS WITHIN OUR ABUSIVE ADULT ENVIRONMENTS, DURING TODAY'S GLOBAL HIVAIDS PANDEMIC: SEXUALLY VIOLATED & TRAUMATIZED, TRAFFICKED & HARNESSED TO THE COMMERCIAL SEX INDUSTRIES, PRACTICING SURVIVAL SEX & STIGMATIZED.
Infection with HIV can weaken your IMMUNE SYSTEM to the point that it has difficulty fighting off certain infections. These types of infections are known as "opportunistic" infections, because they take the opportunity a weakened immune system gives to cause serious illness.
Many of the sexual health infections that cause problems or may be life-threatening for people with AIDS are usually controlled by a healthy immune system. The immune system of a person with AIDS is weakened to the point that medical intervention may be necessary to prevent or treat serious illness.
Today there are treatments that can slow down the rate at which HIV weakens the immune system. There are other treatments that can prevent or cure some of the illnesses associated with AIDS. As with other diseases, early detection offers more options for treatment therapy and beneficial preventative care.
The KEY to survival is accessing these treatments.
In a moment of great crisis and urgency, when millions of dollars have been spent on prevention and awareness initiatives that have little impact on the culturally determined lives of hard-to-reach-at-risk-pediatric-males, our experimental peer-led harm reduction art & storytelling workshop creates a space for pediatric males to explore and create knowledge to be shared with their peers, who are left behind and surviving in adult environments with little access to the judicial and healthcare they require, because adults either lack appropriate knowledge or are governed by culturally determined Kafkaesque arenas that severely hamper them from being able to DO anything significant, useful even.
The CinemathequeBoyz are gifted and talented visual artists and poets. As we have learned throughout the history of art, when young males, such as Picasso (see art work above), choose to create and explore images and ideas, and are provided with safe spaces in which to DO so, their impact on the world can be very great indeed. Today's young artists, the CinematheuqBoyz, have chosen to take the risk to explore their knowledge and ideas, because they profoundly understand what it means to be FREE and are deeply concerned for their peers, who have not yet reached SAFE safe-houses or consistent and appropriate medications within an HIVAIDS pandemic.
The CinemathequeBoyz, having identified the long history and significant role the ARTs have played within human and civil rights movements, have come together to experiment collectively with how the ARTs can heuristically be employed with today's technologies to challenge and arrest the impact of global HIVAIDS abuse(s) on the lives of their peers embedded within distinct localities.
We have much to learn from these young gifted male artists, who are emerging from so much personal trauma with compassion, guts and ingenuity; and who, despite their severely limited access to appropriate resources and funding, healthcare, educational opportunities and judicial protection, are thinking outside the box and exploding into our lives with creativity and passion.
As a mother of four young children I find it embarrassing that pediatric males, the very ones who have been greatly hurt, are focusing their talent and energy and taking great personal risk in exploring how to serve the best interests of their peers, who they know are hurting and continue to be hurt as a direct result of what dominating and careless adults say and do. Somehow it doesn't feel right to me. That said, I am amazed and have much to learn.
Rachel Chapple, PhD. Founder, Real Stories Gallery Foundation 501c3
Real Stories Gallery Foundation is a Federally recognized 501(c)(3) US public charity: EIN 80-0575894. All contributions are 100% tax deductible. All gifts made go directly to facilitate our collaborative Art & Storytelling HIVAIDS Witness initiatives. We also welcome donations of used ipads, laptops and cameras. Real Stories' over-heads & administrative costs are covered through the generosity of private donors. For further information please contact Rachel Chapple, PhD @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Philip Goulder
(Pediatrician & HIV Research Immunologist, University of Oxford)
We watch carefully the people who inspire us, and listen to the stories they tell us; what we learn from them shapes what we understand, how we feel and how we act in the world.
(co-Founder & co-Ceo TechSoup Global)
I have watched Real Stories Gallery evolve from the outset - a pure vision encountering huge obstacles, but never wavering. The result is what you see: An inspiration to all of us, a path forward for our hearts and minds (and bodies) and a reminder of how technology is there to fulfill human creativity and meet human needs.
Professor Paul Webley
(Director, SOAS, University of London)
Stories and narratives help define who we are, and help us understand our world and what it means to be human. And the stories on the magnificent Real Stories Gallery will do all that - but will also have an impact on the world, and help reduce the spread of HIV and Human Rights Violations.
WARNING: Explicit Imagery & Colloquial Language
Cinémathèque Films was Founded by Tim Barrus, an acclaimed and notorious contemporary writer, poet, photographer and video artist, whose work is widely published and appears throughout the internet in many languages and cultures and under noms de guerre to protect highly vulnerable identities, histories and localities. Tim Founded Cinémathèque Films; an international 24/7 residential safe-shelter and visual arts program for sexually abused and battered boys with HIV/AIDS. And is the Director of Show Me Your Life; a collaborative peer mentored online art program, working with at risk kids within today's HIVAIDS pandemic. Tim has worked tirelessly for years raising awareness and advocating, protecting and alleviating the trauma experienced by young males (under 18 year olds).
I am writing for Les Garçons de Cinémathèque, who live in a shelter for violated boys and whose therapeutic focus is an art program I have designed. I write and make art for them.
I've written under a plethora of names. I've been a Lesbian, a veterinarian, an Australian cowboy, a Navajo, a truck driver, an Apache, a Russian, an airplane pilot, a gravedigger, the list goes on. It paid the rent. Something had to. My life is still a whirlwind. I do not LIKE remembering. I LIKE being in the here and now. Period.
Cinémathèque is a residential 24/7 art program that serves as a safe house protection for adolescent boys with HIV/AIDS, who are also at risk for psychological, neurological, and developmental disabilities due to sexual abuse, gang violence, addiction, human trafficking, and cyclical prostitution. The boys are reached and educated through painting, music, photography, video, film, dance, poetry, mentoring, and intensive counseling. The idea of a safe house is fundamentally based on the dynamics of protection from what brought them here. Witnesses of a time and of a place. While the boys are very connected to the outside world through the interactive use of technology, their contact with that world is monitored in such as way as to prevent contact and/or relationships with abusers, pedophiles, and people from their past who would harm them.
The boys are encouraged to utilize such features as banning within the context of social networks. Communications with the boys that are deemed as sexual invites will be banned immediately. Stalking, either physical or electronic, will not be tolerated and is specifically prohibited by EU law. Stalking is defined by us as seeking contact with boys who have either banned people or have requested that they be left alone. Any subsequent attempt to either arrange to physically meet a boy or continue electronic communication is reported to EU authorities. Attempts to communicate with the boys that involve asking them questions about their personal lives, histories, relationships, legal status, physical whereabouts, private email addresses, or sexual preferences are regarded as stalking and will be dealt with accordingly.
We are a SAFE environment where boys at risk learn to empower themselves through the self-actualization and educational modalities of art.
Cinémathèque Films: The Studio Arts Education, and Show Me Your Life students (Real Stories Gallery): Students are allowed access to fair use art materials and mixed media in the teaching of iconic manipulation in photographic, video and film production. Representations and facsimiles posted here are presented as teaching tools and instruments employed to instruct students in the techniques and application of mixed media art and collage. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows art-teaching entities the fair use of such materials in classroom and teaching-research applications. Cinémathèque Films collects data from students as to which materials work best, and is conducting just such a research application process for at-risk students.**Please Note: No Boys were harmed during the creation of the visual arts and poetry produced at Cinémathèque Films.
TIM BARRUS' OFFICIAL WEBSITES: "THERE IS NOTHING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ABOUT MY WORK"