Portraits of People Living with HIV

1993 | 00:46:06 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, AIDS/HIV, Portrait

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An up-close compilation of interviews and discussions with people living with HIV in the early 90s. 

"We have to use these forms, no matter how tired they are, in order to experiment and to develop new forms. It’s the way I feel about art and documentaries: how are we doing to develop more effective means of representation ‘for us,’ for the people who are affected by AIDS, unless we use the available forms? That means employing cliché forms. What we can try to do is to alter them and make them signify for us, so that what we come up with is something radically different than what is presented to us. Its radically different because it's ‘us’ making meaning about our situation and not just waiting for an invitation from culture,’ which someone else has always defined."

— Douglas Crimp and Gregg Bordowitz, Art and Activism in AIDS, the artist's' response, Hoyt L. Sherman Gallery, the Ohio State University, 1989