Visual Culture and Health Posters
- Love AIDS People
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- Created by graphic artist Charles Michael Helmken as part of an exhibition to alert the public to the global threat of AIDS
in 1989, this poster uses a seventeenth-century painting of Saint Sebastian from the collection of the National Gallery of
Art in Washington, D.C. The image shows Sebastian, who was condemned and persecuted by emperor Diocletian, being rescued by
angels after he was fatally shot by Roman archers. By using a famous painting of religious significance, Helmken appropriates
Sebastian the martyr, a traditional symbol of the persecution of Christians, as a symbol of suffering for people living with
HIV/AIDS. This powerful piece appropriately reflects the emotionally charged subject of persecution and allows the viewer
to relate to the experience. Implicitly addressing the negative stereotypes and prejudices against homosexuals and drug users
that continued to stymie efforts to slow the spread of the epidemic, the image challenges the stigma and abuse faced by those
living with HIV/AIDS.
- Number of Image Pages:
- 1 (845,310 Bytes)
- Helmken, Charles Michael
- Original Repository: The History of Medicine Division. Prints and Photographs Collection.
- This image may also be accessed from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).
- URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/ihm/
- IHM Order Number: A025303
- Shoshin Society
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- Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
- Public Health
- Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
- Living with HIV/AIDS
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- Slides (photographs)
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