A brief illustrated history of cultural responses to HIV/AIDS


The history of cultural responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia, South Africa and the United States can be classified into five periods. The key features of each period, and information about the work that was produced by artists during these times, can be accessed by clicking on the links below or navigated via the roll-down menu above.


1. 'Deviant', 'Dangerous', 'Deserving' and 'Doomed' (c.1981-87)


2. Art as Activism (c.1987-1994)


3. Challenging Representational Strategies in the Second Decade of the Epidemic


4. Artists Respond to the AIDS Crisis in South Africa


5. The Art of AIDS Prevention

© Paul Sendziuk 2015 

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Felix Gonzalez Torres

'Untitled', 1991. Billboard image, various dimensions (installation at 31-33 Second Ave at East Second Street, Manhattan, for Project 34: Felix Gonzalez-Torres at MoMA, New York, 1992). Courtesy of the estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres.