In Honor of World AIDS Day, Two Protest Posters Now on View

World AIDS Day


The social stigma that once accompanied HIV/AIDS is paralleled by few other viruses. First brought to light in 1981, AIDS immediately became entrenched in cultural fears centering on issues of sexuality, class, and race. Despite the resistance those addressing AIDS faced, activists persevered, successfully increasing awareness and recognition of the disease. Inaugurated on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day has been held every year since. This day is an opportunity for the global community to show solidarity with those who are living with HIV and to honor those who have lost their lives due to this deadly pandemic.


The protest posters seen here are one of the tools used by activists to give visibility to their cause. From the Zimmerli Art Museum’s collection, these prints loudly and graphically echo the protestors’ credo; it is only through speaking out against  ignorance that progress can be made. By drawing public and governmental attention to a crisis, these posters continue to advocate awareness, work to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS, and battle prejudice.

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