Since the 1990′s, a group of “Charity Queens” in Dallas, TX have been reuniting Texans affected by AIDS with their families for what is often their last trip. These stories create ONE WAY HOME, a transmedia project that facilitates intergenerational storytelling around HIV/AIDS.
ONE WAY HOME tells the stories of Texas Charity Queens through a series of installations, the narratives of PWAs (Persons with AIDS) who have gone home through a digital audio booth, and takes the content from the venues into the streets through a series of public interactives made in collaboration with Dallas pop artist Steven Hamilton. ONE WAY HOME cultivates a revitalized understanding of what HIV/AIDS is, how one community has nurtured awareness through support and the ways in which this disease affects us all-- all through the lens of heels, big hair, and a prodigious amount of make up.
This project is intended to bridge the generational gap that exists between the original generation affected by HIV + AIDS, and a younger generation who is highest at risk. While ONE WAY HOME is a documentary project at its core, it is intended to ignite change and inspire activism to a new generation through new media tools. Unlike a linear film or television, when users interact with this content they become part of the action and are able to gain ownership, visualizing themselves within the AIDS epidemic unlike ever before.
Support for ONE WAY HOME is provided by: