Along with pain, fear and death, the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s brought about an ‘epidemic of meaning’: a crisis of representation that required new alliances between art and activism to intervene in the public sphere and demand other political, medical and informative ways of addressing the disease.
In this book, the French critic Élisabeth Lebovici offers an alternative view of art history based on feminisms, queer politics and LGTBIQ activisms.
Critic and art historian living in Paris, she was culture editor for the newspaper Libération between 1991 and 2006, and is currently a writer and author of the blog http://le-beau-vice.blogspot.com. Since the 1990s, her research has focused on feminism, AIDS activism, queer practices and contemporary art. She is the author of L’Intime (1998) and Ce que le sida m’a fait. Art et activisme à la fin du XXè siècle (2017), and co-author, with Catherine Gonnard, of Femmes/artistes, Artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (2007). Together with Patricia Falguières and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, since 2006 she has organised the seminar ‘Something You Should Know: Artistes, productrices et producteurs aujourd’hui’ at the EHESS, Paris.