Andy Warhol museum to be covered with blood to mark AIDS day

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The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania was covered in projected images of real queer blood for World AIDS Day yesterday (December 1), to protest against blood donation ban. Artist Jordan Eagles created the light installation Illuminations, projecting panels created with the blood of 59 LGBT+ men, most of whom are taking PrEP, onto the Warhol pieces in the museum’s current exhibition. According to the Andy Warhol Museum, the blood is aimed to show the importance of human life which is often neglected because of stigma. “With my work I want viewers to experience blood in a way that expresses our common humanity and our ability to save lives. I also want viewers to experience the energy of blood and to question more about these key policy issues and health implications at play,” the artist said according to The Art newspaper. The World AIDS Day exhibit, on 1 December, was accompanied by a looping presentation of seven videos from Visual AIDS, a non-profit which uses art to start conversations, support HIV positive artists and raise awareness that it is possible to live a long full life with this disease and it is not something to be afraid or ashamed of.

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