Gallery talks — 19 Jul 2018
- Museumticket + €3
- meet in the entrancehall
- 19 Jul, 4 pm until 5 pm
- Main language
The AIDS epidemic in the 1980s left an indelible mark on Western society. The brutal scapegoating of gay men and the indifference of many governments to the AIDS crisis spurred activism in the arts. On the one hand, art was used to directly criticize specific governmental responses to the crisis, while on the other hand, a general aim was to create greater awareness about AIDS and HIV. Many artists also made work in memory of deceased loved ones.
Aids is not over but can be
Although Amsterdam is approaching its goal of an AIDS-free city, nearly 1.8 million people worldwide are still infected by the virus every year. Fighting against AIDS is not something of the past, and remains very important today. In the 1980s, art and culture played a crucial role in discussing and combatting AIDS. Therefore, the Stedelijk Museum has invited two speakers to share their personal insights and interpretations, and discuss a selection of artworks, thus closing the gap between art and life and exposing the personal as a site of cultural and aesthetic meaning.
More about the speaker
Aynouk Tan (1982) is philosopher who uses fashion as a means for cultural analysis and social criticism. She gained national fame with her column ‘Mode volgens Aynouk Tan’ in the NRC Handelsblad. For this project, she would dress up in different outfits and discuss the historical, artistic, and social significance her clothing.. Nowadays she works as a publicist, curator, teacher and advisor for a wide range of clients including Radio 1, Vodafone, Mama Cash and the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts. Her work is mainly focussed on the critical reflection and analysis clothing and fashion and how it shapes our identity, perceptions and behaviour.
This gallery talk is made possible by the City of Amsterdam