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MEMORIAL QUILT (article first published : 2000-06-29)

In conjunction with The XIII International AIDS Conference to be held in Durban at the International Convention Centre from July 9 to14.

The Durban Art Gallery will host The South African and International AIDS Memorial Quilt in Gallery 1 and the Foyer for the duration of the Conference. Established in 1986 in San Francisco, Unites States, as a protest against ignorance and the neglect of HIV and AID by media, The International Aids Memorial Quilt is present in almost 45 countries in the world, including Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

South Africa’s own version has been set up in association with the Beyond Awareness Campaign of the National Department of Health and forms part of the International Names Project. When the AIDS quilt was displayed in Washington DC in 1996, it covered an area over a kilometre long. Quilt panels are made in memory of loved ones who have died and by people from all walls of life.

The AIDS quilt with its simple expressions of grief and its sometimes finely crafted commemorative panels is one of the greatest memorials of time and of history's most powerful tools of political art.




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