Talk: Los Frikis

Ticket purchase required Buy Ticketsplus Cal

$15 Full / $10 Members / $8 Students

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accesible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Gerson Govea and Yoandra Cardosa of Los Frikis. Photo: Luis Trelles for Radio Ambulante.


In partnership with QUEER, ILL + OKAY, join special guests Gerson Govea and Yoandra Cardoso in a conversation with Radio Ambulante's Luis Trelles and Cursed Be Your Name, Liberty documentary filmmaker Vladimir Ceballos.

Govea and Cardoso were members of Los Frikis, a group of punks in Cuba who intentionally seroconverted to become HIV+ during the “special period”—a decade of desperation when Soviet support was withdrawn from the Cuban government and HIV+ individuals were moved to state-run sanatoriums or camps. At the time, life in sanitariums was far preferable to staying on the streets, and afforded the artistic freedom to speak out against the government.

This program is presented in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation available for non-bilingual audience members.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across discipline and are organized by Curator January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator Christy LeMaster.


The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art is made possible through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.