Here To Inspire

The Art of AIDS

BY Benjamin Ryan

November 18 2010 4:00 AM ET

JOE AVERAGE X560 | ADVOCATE.COMOne World, One Hope, 1994: This image (above) was for the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver in 1996. The conference organizers asked if they could reprint the image I did in 1991 that became Canada’s first AIDS awareness poster, Average says. I said I wanted to rework it. The first image was just different faces, different people, and there was a heart in the center to suggest that we’re all joined together as a race—because we are—and to get through this we have to do it with love and compassion. When I reworked it, I decided to change it into stained glass to show the fragility of humankind, the face of AIDS, and that we are all connected. I kept the heart in the center.

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