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23 November, 2009

A project organised by ArtAids with the participation of twenty artists from Barcelona or with a special link to the city. The project is driven by a desire to increase awareness of the need for prevention and to reflect on the feelings of people living with HIV. The curator of the exhibition, Miquel Bardagil, sees it as the culmination of a project that began in 2008 and encompasses a very wide range of activities, some in collaboration with other institutions. In general, most of the artists participating in the project had not previously worked with the subject of Aids in any significant way, and thus the exhibition avoids predictable approaches and opens up new ways of seeing.

The idea of the exterior – the “outside” in the exhibition’s title– is linked to that of being outdoors. This concept is the starting point for the exhibition, allowing us an insight into the experience of HIV-positive people, and also structures the exhibition and the work of the artists. It is a starting point – even if it leads us elsewhere in the end.

This particular vision from the outside in, from several generations of artists and from different disciplines such as installation, photography, painting and video, is the concept that underlies the works presented by the artists. Each artist was given production budget and an artist’s fee, and will then transfer ownership of the work to ArtAids. Thus, the artists are involved on two fronts: by transferring ownership of the work, and by making an AIDS-related work.

‘On the Outside Looking In’ is the first project carried out by the ArtAids Foundation in Barcelona, the city where its local and international activities will be developed from now on. After its Barcelona season, ‘On the Outside Looking In’ will be presented in Oviedo (Banco Herrero Head Office) from September to November, 2010, and then at MuVM in Valencia from December 16th to February 27th, 2011.


Francesc Abad – LEBENSWELT. La Cultura és un ganivet que s´endinsa en el futur. Diaris del pensar 6. Apunts 2002.
Ignasi AballíLínia vermella
Iñaki ÀlvarezLa vida podría ser esto (Ara resulta que sóc un heroi)
Roger BernatVosaltres
Jordi CanudasMàcula. La vida en blanc
Biel CapllonchWhere the clouds are far behind me
Pep DardanyàLab. 50
Alícia FramisTacones para hombres (Framis for Men)
Núria GüellRte. Sanatorio de los Cocos, Habana Campo. Cuba
Jean-Charles HueCarne viva
Cova MacíasLa cita
Anna Maríndar T
Josep-Maria MartínEl jardiner astrònom
Marina NúñezVisión (3)
Antonio OrtegaTrad as I
Santiago OrtizPlasma
Javier PeñafielVíctima de diagnóstico
L. A. RaevenDead Man Walking
Job RamosRes s’assembla a allò esperat i mentrestant descarreguem la nostra impaciència
Erich WeissRes no ha canviat / Nothing has changed (A tribute to Keith Haring)


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Related activities

Educational and Artistic Project in La Mina Neighbourhood

The 1st Big Book of HIV Prevention will be produced in La Mina. The collaborative book will be created through the contributions of young and old, members of organisations and associations, workers and students, volunteers and participants in social projects: in short, by all the local residents who want to take an active role.
The book will be launched with a theatre action and artistic intervention that will mark the start of an awareness raising campaign. On completion, it will become part of the collection of Font de La Mina Library on Thursday December 3, at 5.30pm.

Educational project at La Casa Elizalde (from December 3rd to 10th)

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.

CASA ÀSIA: More To Love

‘More to Love’ was an exhibition presented at Bangkok and Chiang-Mai (Thailand) in the summer of 2008. ArtAids brought together twenty
European and Thai artist and a curator with people living with AIDS and others who are involved in the fight against the disease, with the objective of changing some of the mainstream attitudes that stigmatise people affected by HIV.

Otto Berchem
Top Changtrakul
Amrit Chusuwan
Patiroop Chychookiat
Tintin Cooper
Leo Copers
Toeingam Guptabutra
Sutee Kunavichayanont
Krit Ngamsom
Nuts Society and Practical Studio
Nipan Oranniwesna
Kamol Phaosavasdi
Pratchaya Phinthong
Arin Rungjang
Prateep Suthathongthai
Noree Thammarak
Gerald Van Der Kaap
Erich Weiss
Pornprasert Yamazaki