AIDS, Art and Activism – We Are Still Not Silent!
Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm – 11:00pm – Hackney Attic – 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE
ACT UP LONDON World AIDS Day AIDStravaganza hosts a night to remember including incredible artists, activists, cabaret performers and speakers to usher in the new generation of ACT UP art and inspire us to take to the streets until there is an HIV / AIDS Cure for all. With special presentation from the original members of ‘Gran Fury’ ACT UP art collective who made the famous ‘Silence = Death’ design.
Fight the HIV Second Silence! ACT UP! Fight AIDS! Fight Back!
£7.50 adv, with a concessionary option of £6.50 – or £8.50 on the door.
In the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day 2015, ACT UP London is reaching out to artists in the city and beyond, to integrate new designs and visual subversion into the contemporary fight against HIV – called ‘Brandalise HIV’ see our website for details (www.actuplondon.wordpress.com). Our closing date for submissions is Tuesday December 1, World AIDS Day. In true Turner Prize style, a winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at ACT UP’s ‘AIDStravaganza’ event on December 10. The winners will have their design made into the official ACT UP London merch!!!!
The art and branding of Aids Coalition To Unleash Power captured the imagination during the 1980 / 1990’s first crisis. 30 years later and HIV / AIDS still rages across the world. We are now in the ‘Second Silence’. Here in the UK, thanks to (1) the £200 million Government cuts to HIV education, prevention and support services (2) the record-level rise in transmission levels and (3) unregulated pharmaceutical greed – we need to fight back! To do this we are calling for all artists to help design the new logos and designs of the new ACT UP era of activism. ACT UP LONDON’s World AIDS Day AIDStravaganza will involve a panel of artists, activists, game-changers and subvertisers to choose the new designs, vejazzled performers, life-drawing, outrageous cabaret and free and fabulous graffiti stencils for you to take to the streets to expose the bare naked cuts to services and celebrate the anger, sweatiness and fabulous fierceness of the community living with HIV and HepC in the UK.
// CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! //
In the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day 2015, ACT UP London is reaching out to artists in the city and beyond, to integrate new designs and visual subversion into the contemporary fight against HIV.
During the ‘first silence’ in the 80s, ACT UP was famous for its strong artistic component. Art collective Gran Fury took on the role of ACT UP’s unofficial propaganda machine, employing and subverting brand advertising techniques to build a powerful visual presence in the fight against AIDS. Keith Haring’s pop art and graffiti art has come to visually define central aspects of that period, and continues to be employed today in radical actions around HIV/AIDS.
We live in different times and today we are faced with different emergencies. While the AIDS crisis in the USA during the 1980s meant that the reality of death was ever-present, HIV is considered, at least in the ‘west’, a ‘life sentence’ rather than a death sentence. In different parts of the world, this is a very different story. Access to ARVs and other HIV services is extremely unequally distributed. Pharmaceutical companies reap giant profits from limiting access to drugs, and states reap giant ideological benefits from the class, race, gender, and sexuality borders that exploitation of the virus creates.
The contemporary emergency that we face now is a ‘second silence’ created by this global neoliberal mandate, decimating services at home and abroad, entrenching discrimination, hierarchy, and stigma. HIV infection rates are on the increase, and access to vital treatments obstructed by corporate greed.
So we are doing a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS from all artists out there with a passion for HIV justice and anger towards the governments and institutions that use HIV to promote racism, homophobia, sexism, and classism.
The submissions will be featured in the ACT UP London zine, raising awareness through art about the Second Silence and the impact of the current political and economic situation on HIV prevention and cure.
Our closing date for submissions is Tuesday December 1, World AIDS Day.
In true Turner Prize style, a winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at ACT UP’s ‘AIDStravaganza’ event on December 10. The winner will have their design made into the official ACT UP London merch!!!! Runners up will also have their designs featured in ACTUP merch.
ALL submissions will be featured in ACT UP’s zine, online and offline, and on ACT UP badges.
So artists, aspiring and established, get your felt tips out! We will be posting examples of past ACT UP work on this page for inspiration over the next few weeks.
ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!
All interest, design applications and press requests please @ email@example.com /- all info at www.actuplondon.wordpress.com
ACT UP London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it.