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Title:
Love AIDS People
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Description:
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)
Date:
1989
Creator:
Helmken, Charles Michael
Source:
Original Repository: 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
Publisher:
Shoshin Society
Rights:
Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
HIV
Public Health
Visual Culture and Public Health Keywords:
Living with HIV/AIDS
Exhibit Category:
HIV/AIDS
Unique Identifier:
VCBBHF
Document Type:
Posters
Slides (photographs)
Language:
English
Format:
image/jpeg
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2016-06-03
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