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September 13, 2003 to December 2, 2003

Pandemic: Imaging AIDS

Pandemic: Imaging AIDS will encompass over 100 works from 47 artists from around the globe documenting twenty years of AIDS. The photos presented are a blending of photographic styles, combining photojournalism, documentary, graphic design, and fine art photography.

This series of original silver gelatin and color photographs captures the range of reponses that the AIDS crisis has engendered in the past two decades, ranging from the photographic communities first controversial efforts to document the first AIDS patients, to its need to protest policy issues, to the memorializing of those who have lost their lives. Both established artists and amateur photographers are represented, each striving to visualize an otherwise invisible epidemic. From the metaphorical interpretations of hope and endurance by artists Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe, to the photographic responses of collective activist groups such as Photovoice and VISUAL AIDS, every image tells the story of survival.

The exhibition, film, and public programs are all organized geographically to explore how very different cultures-- Asia, South America, India, Africa, Europe and the United States--have interpreted its impact, bringing personal stories and cultural responses to the viewer through each story and photograph.

The exhibition and programs that encompass Pandemic: Imaging AIDS seek to make people aware of the damage wrought by AIDS, and, most importantly, of the courage and determination that activists, health professionals, public health officials, and artists all around the world have displayed in their efforts to halt the epidemic.

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