Join us on July 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with artist, activist and writer Avram Finkelstein.
Avram will present from his book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images (Graywolf Press, 2020), and take part in a conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O'Hanian.
Early in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, six gay activists created one of the most iconic 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. As a cofounder of the Silence m= Death and Gran Fury collectives, Avram Finkelstein shares behind-the-scenes stories about art and activism, the formation of collectives, the political process, and tactical practices, offering fresh insights into the history of HIV/AIDS and a toolbox to help future generations develop new strategies for making life-saving art. After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images is a personal account intended to open space for the many counter-narratives of HIV/AIDS that fall in the shadows of how we talk about it, and considers the political meanings of the way histories are constructed.