Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. For November, Lei Chou curated the current on-line exhibition to correspond with this month’s Campaign to End AIDS in Washington DC.
The artwork features Archive Members: Thomas Belloff, Michael Binkley, Raynes Birkbeck, Raymond Bordeaux, Curtis Carman, Keith Haring, Joe De Hoyos, Charles Drees, Sean Earley, James Fackrell, David Faulk, Martin Freeman, Michael Harwood, Timothy Lonergan, and Tseng Kwong Chi.
In the Curator’s Statement, Chou states:
This November, AIDS activists from around the country are traveling on 10 caravans heading towards Washington, D.C. Drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King's 1968 Poor People's March on Washington, the Campaign to End AIDS is calling attention to the growing public health disaster created by the Bush Administration. From cuts in funding for domestic care and treatment programs, to the promotion of abstinence-only-until-marriage in HIV prevention, our nation's AIDS policies are heading in the wrong direction... These images from the Visual AIDS archive were selected as a tribute to everyone traveling on the caravans to end AIDS. While these pictures have in common a traveling theme, each of them also shows something extraordinary when grouped together in this context... Just as the works in the Visual AIDS archive are not only about AIDS, the AIDS community is not solely about this virus. Perhaps if we look to each other and within ourselves for the drive, the humor, and the heart that come with surviving this epidemic, we will find the vision that will take us to the End of AIDS. For more information about the Campaign to End AIDS, go to www.campaigntoendaids.org.
Lei Chou is the Director of Mobilization at CHAMP (Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project), www.champnetwork.org, and a member of the Save ADAP Committee of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition, www.atac-usa.org. Lei's early work with ACT UPNew York is documented on the Act Up Oral History Project at www.actuporalhistory.org.
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career.
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