30 November 2006

Vision=Life Exhibition at the University of Rochester


Vision = Life: AIDS Posters from the Edward C. Atwater Collection
Exhibition runs from November 27 though December 20
Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester

To mark World AIDS Day 2006, the exhibition Vision = Life: AIDS Posters from the Edward C. Atwater Collection seeks to provide an interdisciplinary space for considering some of the major issues and challenges of the AIDS pandemic. The posters have been selected from a significant collection of approximately 4000 items. Featuring posters from more than 29 countries, these powerful images represent a significant addition to the collection as they effectively raise important questions about the politics of visibility. Looked at chronologically, they reflect changes in our understanding of the disease. More importantly, they show what widely different attitudes toward sex and serious disease may be found in different countries and societies. Considering the outpouring of creative work that has made the HIV/AIDS pandemic the disease inspiring more cultural productions than any other, the gallery seeks to publicize and relate this significant body of cultural production to the current global context of AIDS. Edward Atwater was born, raised, and has lived most of his life in Western New York. For 37 years he practiced medicine and taught at the University of Rochester Medical School.

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