Art for Aids

UNAIDS has partnered with MAKE ART/STOP AIDS for much of the art featured in the July 2010 issue of the OUTLOOK report. Many of the pieces can be seen and experienced at the International AIDS conference in Vienna, Austria from 18-23, July 2010.


Let's Play Safe

Lets Play Safe is one of the most striking works of art in the report. Completed in 2007 by artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra the acrylic and oil piece was commissioned by the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Multi-faceted artists Thukral and Tagra have included HIV prevention messages in a wide range of efforts including painting, sculpture, video and even a pair of flip flops, also featured in the report, that show wearers how to use a condom.

Invisible Man

Commissioned by Make Art/Stop AIDS, artist Daniel Goldstein has used more than 800 syringes to create Invisible Man. Bringing attention to the issue of injecting drug use and HIV, the syringes, each capped with a red bead create an invisible human figure. "There is a theme that goes through much of my work which I call the presence of absence," said Mr Goldstein.

Through Positive Eyes

Through Positive Eyes
highlights the works of 17 emerging
artists in South Africa.

Through Positive Eyes

In a second collaboration with artist Gideon Mendel, Through Positive Eyes highlights the works of 17 emerging artists in South Africa.

In March 2010, 17 people living with HIV in Gauteng province in South Africa met with Mr Mendel and other professionals to set out on their own a personal photographic journey.

Supported with funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the resulting exhibition captures images and stories of daily life.

MAKE ART/STOP AIDS is an international network of scholars, artists and activists committed to ending the global AIDS epidemic. Artists are able to shape transformative insights and possibilities that literally redirect how people think and act.