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Art in the Era of AIDS

Élisabeth Lebovici

5/11/2018
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Fons audiovisual / Lectures and debates

In the time of AIDS, whether living with HIV/AIDS or not, we have been living in AIDS. This alternative narrative holds a critical position in the contemporary discourse of any modern museum of art, including the presentation of its collection. Including AIDS in the conversation, the museum, then, may ask renewed questions about representation and its modes of production. Coming from an age “before internet and the social networks”, such conversation foregrounds the vital need for a reformulation of the visual field, acting in the gap
between art and life, facts and fiction, between information and contemplation.

Élisabeth Lebovici is an art critic and art historian, and lives in Paris. She was culture editor of the newspaper Libération from 1991 to 2006, and is currently the writer and founder of the blog http://le-beau-vice.blogspot.com. Since the 1990s her research has centred on feminism, activism against AIDS, queer practices and contemporary art. She was the editor of L’Intime (Paris: Ensba, 1998) and is co-author, together with Catherine Gonnard, of Femmes/artistes, Artistes/femmes. Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Paris: Hazan, 2007). Her most recent
publication project is Ce que le SIDA m’a fait, a history of art and activism in the 20th century. Since 2006 she has organised, together with Patricia Falguières and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez the seminar entitled Something You Should Know: Artistes et producteurs aujourd’hui at Paris’ EHESS. She is also active in the project Travelling Féministe, on the audio-visual archives at the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir.

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