In Chile, people living with HIV fear stigma, and often conceal their condition and remain silent about what they are going through. ‘This is My Face’ explores what happens when a range of men living with the virus open up about the illness that changed their life trajectories. It follows a creative process whereby they produce photographic portraits that represent their memories and feelings, a process which helps them challenge years of silence, shame, and misrepresentation. A lesson in the power of collaborative storytelling.
Angélica Cabezas Pino received a PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance at the University of Manchester. During the last years, she has been experimenting and creating visual methods to explore trauma and illness, in an intersection of medical and public anthropology. “This is my Face” is her first feature film, one of the outcomes of her practice-based PhD research. This project was partially funded by The University of Manchester and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Chile.