25 Years of AIDS Awareness Posters: A Graphic Intervention

Over the last 29 years, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS around the globe has resulted in one of the most devastating health and humanitarian crises in modern history.  In response to this, societies have been forced to address head on culturally sensitive issues related to sex and sexuality, discrimination, gender, and addiction. To bridge these gaps and reduce the stigma associated with AIDS, policy makers, activists, and artists alike have had to collectively choose mediums that effectively address issues related to AIDS in their own communities and abroad.  The result of this collaboration has been one of the most wide-spread and visually powerful awareness campaigns in history driven by a simple, accessible, and cheaply produced medium: the poster.

To highlight the essential role of this medium, a new exhibit featuring 153 AIDS awareness posters has recently opened at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  This exhibit, entitled Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of AIDS Awareness Posters, 1985-2010, features unique works of art drawing on local language, culture, and design that espouse a universally applicable message about a need to acknowledge, discuss, and prevent the spread of HIV.

You can view 153 of the posters included in the exhibition at MCAD’s interactive site.

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010 runs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design from September 13 to December 4, 2010.

Thanks to theActivistWriter.com for bringing this exhibit to my attention.  Please check out their article on this exhibit as well!  To learn more about a recent initiative using multi-media to address HIV/AIDS check out our article on UNAIDS #PreventionRevolution or to see more articles on art and activism visit: 5 Great Sites that explore Art, Activism, and Politics.


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