Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010
June 6 – July 29, 2011
@ ADC Gallery
106 West 29th Street, NYC
The exhibition, organized by Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), draws from an extensive archive of arresting and fearless international public health announcements, and presents a comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations, and motivated citizens to educate the local population. From lands ranging from Papua New Guinea to Denmark, the posters demonstrate the different approaches used for discussion of a socially complex subject. The messages in Graphic Intervention (graphicintervention.org) deftly champion pertinent sociopolitical issues—disease research and eradication, world health, international relations, sexual education, social prejudices and discrimination—in a remarkable way.
“ADC is extremely proud to host this remarkable exhibition,” said Brian Collins, chairman, chief creative officer at COLLINS:, New York and ADC board member who helped organize the event. “It is a cohesive selection of amazing posters, presenting an overview of diverse creative strategies employed by designers in many countries who worked within their own cultural perspective in response to AIDS as a public health emergency. In each country, the messages to raise awareness and encourage preventative behavior vary significantly to best serve the intended audience. These posters have played a significant role in promoting AIDS awareness and safe sex education across cultures, and are examples of how designers have used their talents to make a better world.”