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United by AIDS — An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS

August 31 to November 10, 2019

The extensive group show United by AIDS—An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS sheds light on the multifaceted and complex interrelation between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present, examining the blurred boundaries between art production and HIV/AIDS activism and showcasing artists who played and still play a leading role in this discourse. On display are positions that illustrate the diversity of perspectives on life with the HI virus and AIDS, with a particular focus on works that address issues such as isolation, transformation, the inexorable passing of time and mortality in relation to the politics of the body and representation. Since the introduction of highly effective antiretroviral therapies in the second half of the 1990s, “AIDS” has come to be widely seen as a phenomenon of the past, with little significance for the life of our societies today. On the global scale, however, deaths due to complications from AIDS still number almost 1 million per year. The exhibition seeks to untangle the complex and diverse narratives around HIV/AIDS and discuss their fragility in a contemporary perspective.

Featuring works by over 40 artists, the exhibition will be curated by Dr. Raphael Gygax. An accompanying anthology will be released.

With works by Absalon, Lyle Ashton Harris, Charles Atlas, Marc Bauer, Judith Bernstein, Nayland Blake, Gregg Bordowitz, Andrea Bowers, fierce pussy, Avram Finkelstein, Rafael França, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres , Gran Fury, Group Material, Anna Halprin, Keith Haring, Hudinilson Jr., Jochen Klein, Peter Kunz Opfersei, Stéphan Landry, Zoe Leonard, Donald Moffett, Carlos Motta, Rosa von Praunheim, Real Madrid, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Hunter Reynolds, Prem Sahib, Chéri Samba, Vittorio Scarpati & Cookie Mueller, Ellen Spiro & Cheryl Dunye, Paul Thek, Edward Thomasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sue Williamson, David Wojnarowicz & Ben Neill, and Martin Wong.