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Published on Aug 6, 2014
YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) with support from the Commonwealth Government, the Victorian Government, the City of Melbourne and the Arts Centre Melbourne proudly presented ‘Honouring the Past & Hope for the Future: Toward an HIV Free Generation’, a showcase of unique digital art projections that put a spotlight on creating an HIV- free generation as the projections lit up the façade of the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall nightly during the AIDS 2014 Conference. This sophisticated and symbolic public art installation, together with a one- story high red ‘AIDS 2014’ sign installed across the length of Princes Bridge, marked the beginning of public engagement with the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) hosted in Melbourne from July 20-25.
The projections incorporated 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 six sister cities: Thessaloniki, St.Petersburg, Osaka,Tianjin, Boston and Milan. The works also incorporated quotes from international leaders including President Barack Obama and Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe, on their vision of an HIV-free generation.
YEAH, pioneers of youth led HIV and sexual health education in Australia, curated these projections and AIDS 2014 sign, to act as a visual reminder and catalyst that we all have a role to play in achieving an HIV free generation
YEAH’s installations have a clear call to action; education is a prerequisite for HIV prevention, get informed, use condoms, test and treat early and be part of ending stigma and discrimination.