Viva Ruiz is a community educated artist and advocate, and a descendant of factory-working Ecuadorian migrants raised in Jamaica, Queens. They are a maker working in performance, film, writing, music, and dance with a collaborative practice grown out of their experience in NYC nightlife. Their original telenovelas have been shown at festivals and art spaces such as Mix NYC, Outfest LA, Deitch Projects, PS1 Moma, and Futura in Prague. Her short film Chloe Dzubilo: There is a Transolution, a Visual AIDS commission, premiered for the 30th annual Day With(out) Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2019. Ruiz founded the Thank God for Abortion initiative in 2015, an ongoing awareness-raising project with multiple manifestations. In 2019 Ruiz’s solo exhibition “Pro Abortion Shakira : A TGFA Introspective” was shown at Participant Inc, and became the first artist awarded a residency from the pro-abortion cultural organization Shout Your Abortion. In 2020 Ruiz directed the TGFA Anthem music video. They are a member of the Carribbean queer party/artist collective, RAGGA NYC. In 2020 Ruiz was a part of In Plain Sight, a coalition of 80 artists fighting immigrant detention and the culture of incarceration conceived of by Cassils and rafa esparza, and authored the phrase ARREST ICE that was skywritten over NYC ICE offices.
Thank God for Abortion Telenovela Pilot
Viva Ruiz is a community educated artist and advocate, and a descendant of factory-working Ecuadorian migrants, working in performance, film, writing, music, and dance.Artist Bio
Thank God for Abortion Telenovela Pilot is a scripted narrative, using the hallmark drama of the form to disseminate the message that abortion is healthcare. Set in an abortion clinic and a church, the work demystifies abortion care and illuminates the conflicts subjected upon people who have undergone abortions. Over the last 20 years, abortion has been criminalized and made increasingly inaccessible—Thank God for Abortion seeks to rehumanize the people who need an abortion, and the people who provide that care. A bilingual TV pilot episode sets the stage for a complete season of a series on an international broadcast platform. This project is directly inspired by how public health initiatives since the 1990s partnered with telenovela creators to write storylines that helped normalize conversations and care around HIV/AIDS.