ACT UP London and London Artists Projects in association with The Glass is Hall Full present ACT UP FOR LOVE:
Monday 15th June, 6pm-8pm, Trafalgar Square
Through the passage of time and like Britain itself, Trafalgar Square continues to be an international site for resistance, art and politics welcoming migrants from across the globe. In a peaceful action and photo call which pays tribute to the founders of the gay liberation movement and HIV activism, ACT UP London invites HIV+ and HIV- migrants, their friends, family and allies to attend a joyful protest against Nigel Farage’s isolationist, HIV-phobic rhetoric and Tory restrictions on healthcare access which will impact on HIV+ migrants.
Flanked by an ACT UP queen’s guard, we invite members of the public to dress up or come as you are and photograph yourself in front of the new ACT UP banner by Ed Hall. We invite you to publish your photos on social media and in the press bringing awareness to this injustice and to our work.
The ACT UP banner will be situated in front of Nelson’s column facing up the Square towards the National Gallery. During the photo call, HIV+ and HIV- migrants and leading figures from within the gay liberation movement and HIV activism will speak for no more than five minutes a time. A list of speakers will be available 48 hours prior to the event.
ACT UP London (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is a revitalised chapter of the non-partisan international movement founded in 1987. We are united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Dan Glass spokesperson for ACT UP London and founder of The Glass is Half Full (and who himself has led two successful actions drawing attention to the injustices of Nigel Farage starting with a protest outside UKIP’s South London offices on World AIDS Day in 2014 and the recent UKIP Cabaret) says:
“Farage spread lies throughout the General Election to scare people about HIV+ migrants flooding the health service. Playing on similar fears, the Tories have put in place discriminatory health surcharges for migrants that turn NHS staff into border agents and scare vulnerable people from seeking medical attention. Together, UKIP and the Conservatives are undermining British values, dismantling the NHS and contributing to rising HIV infection rates. It’s an honor to be on Trafalgar Square as part of the new generation of ACT UP. Together we stand on the shoulder of giants, paying tribute to freedom pioneers such as the Gay Liberation Front and LGBT and HIV and migrant rights groups everywhere. ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!”
Ed Hall is Britain’s leading designer of marching banners for trade unions and other campaign groups and also widely known for his ongoing collaboration with Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. Ed says:
“I was so pleased to make the banner for ACT UP, meet members of ACT UP and be involved in its important work for justice and equality.”
London Artists Projects’ speak truth to power for audiences who hunger for live and authentic moments of joy, beauty, and meaning. Jeremy Goldstein, founder and creative producer for London Artists Projects says:
“ACT UP is one of the greatest campaign groups in history. They transformed the way the world responded to the AIDS and HIV epidemic through creative, energetic and committed activism. I joined ACT UP in 1989 and 25 years on I signed up again in response to Nigel Farage’s deeply offensive remarks on HIV and immigration. For that reason I’m very proud to have been able to commission this event and to work with Ed Hall and the new generation of ACT UP led by the inspirational Dan Glass.”
FOR FUTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Jeremy Goldstein / Creative Producer, London Artists Projects
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