After being diagnosed with HIV two years ago, creative director and artist Joseph Varisco dealt with the news by doing what he loves most: He turned it into art. Starting as an experimental performance project at Links Hall and witnessing a tremendous triumph as a result, he developed the concept into "Queer, Ill, and Okay."
After six months of assembling, curating and working with a host of artists, "Queer, Ill, and Okay" kicked off a two-night stand at Defibrillator Performing Arts Gallery July 5 in front of an SRO audience of youthful LGBT individuals.
A show focused on illness—mental as well as physical—may sound morbid, but this show was really about coping, struggling, new determinations, and winning over dire circumstances with cheer and attitude. With Varisco moderating, the show was packed with spoken-word performance, music, minute observations, dance and a healthy helping of sincere humor.