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COMPULSIVE PRACTICE: Juanita Mohammed

Love is you,
Love is me,
Love is everyone,
Love is not hate,
But love is friends loving friends,
Love is brotherhood,
Love is women loving women,
Love is men loving men,
Love is women and men loving each other, Love is NOT hate.”
– Youth poem in Juanita Mohammed’s Homosexuality: One Child’s Point Of View, 1993

Juanita Mohammed is a community video artist and activist. She uses inexpensive camcorder video technology to respond to the needs of those who matter to her. In her work at GMHC in New York City, Mohammed makes educational videos for and about the AIDS community. In her personal video work, she looks to her friends and neighbors to find stories that are not typically represented in the media. Read more about Juanita’s work on the Visual AIDS website.

Juanita Mohammed, Two Men and a Baby, for GMHC’s Living with AIDS Show, 1993
Juanita Mohammed, Homosexuality: One Child’s Point of View, 1993
Juanita Mohammed, Caring Sequence: Iris de La Cruz, for GMHC’s Living with AIDS Show, 1993


COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.

Featuring Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro (1964–1990), Nelson Sullivan (1948–1989), the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, and Justin B. Terry-Smith.

Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan for Visual AIDS.