Irish AIDS Day Exhibit: All Together Human

A person holding an all together human sign with a red ribbon in place of the A in Human

Ireland’s leading artists aim to highlight the human side of HIV in the All Together Human art exhibition coinciding with Irish Aids Day on June 15.

The show, All Together Human, is organised by artist Will St Leger and will feature the works of 15 celebrated artists such as MASER, Jim Fitzpatrick and Sean Hillen, along with popular illustrators Aoife Dooley, Fuchsia MacAree and Friz.

“I want the show’s title to sum up the theme of this exhibition,” says St Leger. “Across our social, religious, economic and geographical differences, HIV – the human immunodeficiency virus – affects us as people. We are altogether human in our weaknesses and strengths, our failures and achievements, our rage and joyfulness; all together human, in solidarity, defiance and hope.”

One of the pieces in the show will be by Hazel Coonagh,from her attendant photography project, ‘Human’, which is being shared on social media in June. The exhibition is at Filmbase, Dublin, where all the artwork will be sold by silent auction. Proceeds will be going to the Dublin chapter of international HIV/ AIDS activist group, ACT UP, a campaign for a more effective response from government and community organisations to curb the increase in new diagnoses of HIV among gay and bisexual men. Provisional figures from Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show more new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2016 than in any previous year, making the group’s mission more urgent than ever.

As part of the All Together Human exhibition, St Leger has created a smaller, politically charged print which will be available to purchase on the night at Filmbase this Thursday to make the artworks even more accessible.

‘All Together Human’ exhibition opens for one day only on Irish AIDS Day, Thursday June 15 at Filmbase, Curved Street, Dublin, 6pm until 10pm. Artworks will be sold by silent auction in aid of ACT UP Dublin. More info here.

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