Theodore (ted) Kerr
Theodore (ted) Kerr is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator and organiser whose work is rooted within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, focusing on eradicating related stigma, discrimination and criminalisation. He is a founding member of WHAT WOULD AN HIV DOULA DO?, a collective of people ensuring community plays a central role in ending the crisis. WWHIVDD’s 2019 exhibition, Metanoia: Transformation through AIDS Archives and Activism debuted in 2019 at The NYC LGBT Center and will tour in 2019/2020. In 2017/2018 Kerr was one of four interviewers for Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. His 2016 essay looking at the life and death of St. Louis teenager Robert Rayford, ‘AIDS 1969: HIV, History and Race’, won the Best Journalism Award from POZ Magazine.
His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and other publications including The Advocate for whom he wrote an essay about how to understand HIV criminalisation through the music of Taylor Swift. He edited the 2014 AIDS issue of Carlos Motta’s We Who Feel Differently journal, and is the editor of the upcoming AIDS issue of On Curating. Currently Kerr is working with academic and activist Alexandra Juhasz on a manuscript exploring cultural histories of HIV through video and archives. Kerr teaches at The New School, New York.