I like your drawing for World AIDS Day. Please tell me more. How
did you come up with the people that you depicted? Are they people
that you know? Read about? Imagined?
had an AIDS quilt here at school yesterday...so I did the drawing
from stuff I saw...not
the same names or anything, just the feelings. There was one panel
from the grandmother.
I also heard
on BBC radio an interview with a kid in Africa who has AIDS. It was
are a lot of children that have been infected with HIV. Can
you imagine another drawing that shows generations of people
living with AIDS? And also something that spans the globe?
That shows its
effect in virtually every community. China is now (and finally)
announcing that they think they have millions of people affected
with the virus.
In the U.S., one of the fastest growing populations to have the virus
are heterosexual women who have been infected by their partners.
Could you do another drawing?
I hate that when you suggest a particular drawing. But don't think
you need to
stop. I can deal with it.)
AIDS Day always makes me think back to my early days at the St. Marcus
Theatre when we put on some of the earliest performance
AIDS in the country. Our performances were one answer
to the question of how we might best call people's attention
to the situation and also provide a meaningful space for them
to both grieve and be motivated
For years, the visual arts community responded by having A
Day Without Art. Do you remember that?
I remember. I did a piece for some exhibit too. I would hate a world
that was without
art. I was in the art building the other day and said to one of the
student workers in my office who happened to be there, "you know,
this is my building—it is where I grew up.")
called attention to the loss by highlighting absence and shrouded
art in galleries and museums with
It was a shocking visual and I think, very effective.
But it was a gesture and really, a kind
of performance that worked
best in a highly
arts culture. Here, in St. Louis, where
the culture was not so active, I chose to speak to the void.
To make and
work that talked about the AIDS crisis.
Now, more than 20 years into this pandemic, it
is hard to figure out what is an effective
means of communication. People
by so much information, both trivial and
important coming at them. And as most people who deal fundraising
Service Organizations like St. Louis Effort
for AIDS or Doorways, a residential
facility for people with AIDS, or Food
Outreach, an organization that helps people with AIDS get
consistent and good nutrition,
it gets harder
and harder to keep people interested and
committed to the issue.
I will send you some news stories in another email
for you to ponder.
Tomorrow, i hope to return to the topic of money
on which (surprise, surprise) we do not agree:)
Friday, Dec 2, 2005
The News for Dec
2 . . .
December 1st marks the 18th
annual World AIDS Day. AIDS
affects every continent, every country. More than 40 million
people live with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or with AIDS itself.
There were five million new cases this year—more than half were in
Africa and more than half were among young people.
ago, world health ministers decided a global effort would be needed
to stop the spread of AIDS. AIDS has claimed the lives of at
least 25 million people. And it has touched the lives of many,
many more. AIDS has orphaned 15 million children.
The epicenter of the disease
continues to be sub-Saharan Africa. That's where two-thirds of all
with HIV and AIDS live. But the
epidemic continues to grow and is spreading at alarming rates in other
areas, according to Peter Piot who heads UNAIDS. "The fastest
growth is in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the countries of the
Soviet Union, where the number of people living with HIV has increased
20-fold in less than 10 years."
In countries where condom
use and safe sex have been encouraged, new infections have declined.
Where treatment and AIDS education
programs are available, the disease is less stigmatized.
HIV and AIDS is still an extraordinary
public health challenge according to Dr. Fauci.
"And it's not going in the right direction as a whole. There
are some regions and some countries that are doing better this past year,
but for the most part, we're still in a very dire situation."
inescapable fact is as more people are infected with HIV, more people
will die of AIDS.