from 01 to 03 December 2023 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.
from 07 to 10 December 2023 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.
from 14 to 17 December 2023 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 p.m.
curated by Andrea Acocella and Alberto Boncoraglio
BAR.LINA – Viale dello Scalo S. Lorenzo 49
– metro A and B Termini + bus and tram + car/moto sharing
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the HIV virus (1983-2023) by the French virologist Luis Montagneur at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and in conjunction with World AIDS Day (1 December), the exhibition A(IDS)WANESS, curated by Andrea Acocella and Alberto Boncoraglio, has been created for the lounge room in the independent, queer space, BAR.LINA.
It has been arranged as a small but densely packed retrospective with archival and photographic material dedicated to the relationship between various communities and the HIV virus in Italy, through a lens that highlights both the stigma (especially in the first pandemic phase) against homosexuals, as well as the struggle and efforts of the LGBTQIA+ community in raising awareness of the disease, aimed at the medical, political and social elite and public opinion in general.
The title here is of fundamental importance, as it immediately states the purpose of the exhibition. In fact, it plays on the overlap between the words AIDS and AWARENESS.
The exhibition is laid out in three sections: stigma, progress and the present day. The documents and media used for the exhibition materials, and the related curatorial research, came from the archival sources of the BAR.LINA library, which has more than 300 copies (including historical and contemporary journals, essays, books, photographic images and video content), and the “Massimo Consoli” archive at the Gay Center.
This led to the development of an exhibition that aims to educate and disseminate information, to pass the baton of knowledge and responsibility to new generations regarding a topic that is still very current, through its past and present history, to achieve a new kind of “awareness”.