The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art will be participating in A Day With(out) Art by shrouding a work in the current exhibition, Confabulations of Millennia by artist and curator, Richard Saja, titled The Eighties, 2017. MECA will be flying the Red Ribbon flag, and students are also developing World AIDS Day poster.
“Born in the mid-sixties, I became aware of my difference as a child and this difference really blossomed in my adolescence in the early 80s– a time coincidental with the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Growing up in the NYC area, the “gay plague” was a frequent news story and a hysterical news media instilled in my then-impressionable young mind a terror whose presence still reverberates, regardless of reason. The “safe sex” movement was something I paid attention to, preferring self preservation to the alternative and I am one of the lucky ones who got away in those early days. I lost many dear, beautiful and gentle people to the virus – one after the other they fell helpless to a little understood illness. This work is a memorial not only to them but also to those who took care of them in their often horrible last days: to the partners, to the families, to the doctors and nurses and to all the caregivers of the epidemic. For Ray, Will, Tim, Jaimie, Albert and Emilio, I remember.”—Richard Saja
‘Design Studio’, taught by Drew Hodges teamed up with Creative Portland and Frannie Peabody Center to create posters for World Aids Day 2017.
This year, World Aids Day aligns with the First Friday Artwalk.