This week as Melbourne hosts the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), we have a unique opportunity to engage with and understand the ongoing impact of HIV in our communities here and around the world.
To mark this occasion, Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH), Australia’s national youth led HIV and sexual health awareness organisation have curated a unique series of artworks that will be projected onto the facade of the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall nightly 18 – 21 July.
The projections incorporate images from the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, Honouring the Past, alongside works exploring the theme of Hope for the Future, submitted by artists from Melbourne and her 6 sister cities around the world: Thessaloniki – St Petersburg – Osaka – Tianjin – Boston and Milan.
Together with a one-storey red AIDS 2014 sign across Princes Bridge, YEAH hopes the installations will act as a visual reminder and catalyst for community engagement with the Australian campaign for broad based youth led peer to peer education and prevention. This is a cornerstone to achieving the vision of the first HIV-free generation in Australia.
Honouring The Past, Hope For The Future: Toward An HIV Free Generation is presented by YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) in partnership with the Commonwealth and Victorian Government, City of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne.
For more information about Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH), visit: www.redaware.org.au for details.
Image: courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne