15 June 2008

Powerlessness and Power: Shows to See in D.C.

The International Herald Tribune today has run a story on a new exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. The exhibition "Access to Life" is meant to impress upon viewers "the positive impact that free antiretroviral drug treatment is having on the lives of millions of AIDS patients around the world." As you can tell from the banner, the exhibition is sponsored by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS and Magnum. From a distance, the show seems to focus on relatively powerless people who suffer from HIV infection and the extent to which their well-being depends on the beneficence of donors.

Coming up at the Corcoran is another exhibition that should prove interesting from a political perspective ~ "Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power".

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