AIDS and the Artist's Call to Action
Artists have lent their voices to many activist initiatives, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s was no exception. Largely, the art created during this era was propaganda, though some works were a reflection on living under the iron grip of AIDS. Artists and their work pushed for information and education to be dispersed throughout the community to combat the climate of fear and misinformation surrounding the AIDS crisis. These artists explored what HIV/AIDS is, who lives with AIDS, and who is ready to act up (a common sentiment throughout the musical, Rent). Through their work, these artivists advocate/ed for a group of people whose voices were largely unheard and chronicle society for the future (Bottinelli).
Lucerna, Vol. 11, January 2017, p. 10-22
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