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SpainEducational project at La Casa Elizalde

A 2-hour program aimed at secondary school students. Based on an analysis of the exhibited works, students will construct a new space of knowledge around AIDS and people who live with this illness. From December 3rd to 10th

The educational project that accompanies the exhibition “From the Outside Looking In” aims to use contemporary art as a means to reinforce the work of the ArtAids Foundation in the areas of AIDS prevention and awareness raising. With this aim in mind, the project uses content and methodologies that encourage participants to reflect on AIDS and related issues through the analysis of the works in the exhibition, emphasising the connection between the themes that the artists deal with and the reality that surrounds us. To do this, the project prioritises dynamics that stimulate discussion, reasoning, reflection and discernment when it comes to talking about AIDS.
The project will consist of two-hour sessions at Casa Elizalde, and is aimed at secondary school groups.

Students are taken on a guided tour through the exhibition to see how artists have approached the illness (most of them for the first time), the feelings experienced by people living with HIV, and some current social issues. During the tour, a series of elements specifically designed for this project will be used to establish links between information from medical reports, research, drugs, prevention campaigns, etc.

The illness and the person who is ill (the consequences of the illness in the day-to-day life of affected persons, the symptoms and effects of the drugs, treatment, the complexity of the illness, how it affects people’s relationship to their surroundings) and prevention (an analysis of campaigns designed by different institutions that work on AIDS prevention and the fight against AIDS, an analysis of the way some groups are represented…), will be some of the central issues in the dialogues that will be generated, avoiding stereotypes and clearing up erroneous information that the teenagers may have to begin with.

THE EXPERIENCE: The project invites participants to engage in a practice that links some of the content that they shared during the guided tour with their own decisions and sensibilities.

The leitmotiv of this practical exercise is the creation of visiting cards.
The aesthetic and physicality of the visiting cards become the medium through which we ask ourselves: how do we present ourselves to others? how do others see us? how do we define ourselves as homosexuals and what messages do we make use of? The creation of the cards seeks a more personal, subjective reflection on how and from what position we relate to AIDS.

One of the goals of the educational project is to prolong the discussions that arise from the guided tour, so that they continue beyond the one-off activity. To ensure that this can happen, the project continues through two follow-up stages:

THE ACTION: the visiting cards are created to have a meaningful use, which defines them. Therefore, when a group creates a set of personalised visiting cards, the participants can proceed to action by handing them out to the people around them (at school, to relatives, on the street, etc.) That is, they can use the visiting cards as a tool for communication. The action can be recorded through texts, photographs and videos made with digital cameras, mobile phones, etc.

THE NETWORK: in order to create a shared context, there will be a blog where participants can post all the material compiled through the actions. The purpose of the blog is to set up a new space for communication and discussion among participants and other interested parties.

To sum up, the overall activities have been planned with the idea that an initial artistic experience can be used as a base to construct a space for learning and knowledge around AIDS and the people affected by the illness.

Educational Project at La Casa Elizalde
From December 3rd to 10th
With Experimentem amb l’Art