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SpainYou are not alone. Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo (MARCO)

SpainYou are not alone. Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo (MARCO)

3 August, 2011

21 October 2011 – 22 January 2012

“When you share, you are not alone”. Han Nefkens Founder and President of the ArtAids Foundation.

The Fundació Joan Miró, the  Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo (MARCO) and the ArtAids Foundation presented You Are Not Alone, an exhibition curated by Hilde Teerlinck, director of FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais/Dunkerque and Irene Aristizábal.  The exhibition had the support and involves the collaboration of Mr Han Nefkens and was sponsored by Fundació Banc Sabadell.

You are not alone was intended to prompt reflection on the discrimination and stigmatisation to which, even today, AIDS sufferers are subject. Although medical advances have increased the expectancy and quality of life of sufferers, at least in the developed world, this progress has not been reflected in a reduction in the social rejection they experience.

In You are not alone, 12 artists from around the world helped to fight stigmatisation by reappraising the causes, consequences and current context of Aids as well as the ways of fighting it.

The ArtAids Foundation had produced works specifically designed for the exhibition by six internationally acclaimed artists whose work does not generally approach the subject of Aids. The selected artists were: Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania), Latifa Echakhck (Morocco), Danh Vo (Denmark/Vietnam), Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus), Lorena Zilleruelo (Chile), and Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark and Norway).

The new works were  presented with a selection of pieces recently incorporated in the ArtAids collection by David Goldblatt (South Africa), Otto Berchem (United States), Lawrence Weiner (United States), Sutee Junavichayanont (Thailand), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand) and Juul Hondius (the Netherlands).

The work of Matthew Darbyshire (United Kingdom), intended to provide a space for reflection about Aids, was presented at the end of the exhibition. A view of the illness by Pepe Espaliú, a Spanish artist who died from Aids in 1993, appeared by way of an introduction.