Hosted by Art Historian. It is based on her PHD thesis, which she defended with honors.
« Epidemic of AIDS from the very beginning of its appearance in 1981 shocked and confused public opinion. In the apocalyptic era of Cold War, a disease so directly targeting the minorities: homosexuals, drug addicts and sex workers, became a bombshell. Some wanted to see it as a wreath of God, using the disease as a political tool to urge even further right wing narratives. It may come as a shock but the first time American President Ronald Reagan used the word "AIDS" in public was several years after the disease killed tens of thousands victims in the US.
This story is about heroic activists, artists, many of whom themselves being victims, accumulated energy in order to make a change. In their hands art became a weapon a sharp blade that immortalised the drama of those strange times. »