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COMPULSIVE PRACTICE: Luna Luis Ortiz

“The way that I think about it is, everybody is made to live, everybody is made to die. As long as you touch somebody before you go, that’s all that matters. That’s what I said, as long as I touch one person’s heart, that’s all that matters.”  
– Edwin Revlon

“And you’re already done that, and you still have a long life, girl.”
– Luna Luis Ortiz, in The Luna Show with Edwin Revlon, 2014

Luna Luis Ortiz was born in New York City in 1972. In 1986, he was infected with HIV at the age of 14 from his first sexual experience. In 1988, he began his journey as an HIV awareness spokesperson for youth living with HIV at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and has worked at GMHC since 2007. He then studied photography at the School of Visual Arts and has worked with the photographers David LaChapelle, Lisa Ross, Shedrich Williames and Nan Goldin. The Luna Show is a webseries about the voguing scene and the people involved in the House/Ball community, one of the communities hardest hit by the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Luna Show has been viewed by 2 million people worldwide and is available to view on YouTube.

Luna Luis Ortiz, The Luna Show #115: Benefit Drag Show for M.A.C AIDS Fund, 2009
Luna Luis Ortiz, PrEP in the Ballroom Scene, 2015
Luna Luis Ortiz, The Luna Show #157: My Life, My Way with Jaszi Khan, 2011
Luna Luis Ortiz, The Luna Show with Edwin Revlon, 2014


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.