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After Silence : A History of AIDS through Its Images

By: Finkelstein, Avram

0520351339 / 9780520351332
Paperback / softback
Published 05/05/2020
United States
152 x 203 mm 248 pages, 32 b-w illustrations
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Early in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, six gay activists created one of the most iconic and lasting images that would come to symbolize a movement: a protest poster of a pink triangle with the words "Silence = Death." The graphic and the slogan still resonate today, often used-and misused-to brand the entire movement.

Cofounder of the collective Silence = Death and member of the art collective Gran Fury, Avram Finkelstein tells the story of how his work and other protest artwork associated with the early years of the pandemic were created.

In writing about art and AIDS activism, the formation of collectives, and the political process, Finkelstein reveals a different side of the traditional HIV/AIDS history, told twenty-five years later, and offers a creative toolbox for those who want to learn how to save lives through activism and making art.


AB The arts: general issues, HBJK History of the Americas, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFFH2 HIV / AIDS: social aspects, JPW Political activism

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