Not all data and science

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26 Jul 2018

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2018

Art holds for us many values: it is aesthetic, emotive, psychological and political. Artists reflect back to us the health of our communities and society through depicting social, political and cultural triumphs, tragedies and taboos. Artists make the invisible, visible through story telling. The art and artists featured both in the public spaces outside the conference centre and within the Global Village is performative in empowering people living with HIV and activism through the visual.

There are many examples I could share with you — the diversity of communities and people represented in the art spans all people living with HIV: from trans and gender diverse people, to sex workers, people who inject drugs, women, indigenous people and intersections of these identities. Among a conference largely focused on data and science, art featured at AIDS 2018 highlights the humanity of people’s lives who are affected by HIV.

JOEL MURRAY