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Witness/ Effects
2001
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Witness/ Effects
2001
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
performance installation 1 hour
plexiglass box 84"x24"x24", various materials

This performance installation was presented in honor of World AIDS Awareness Day. Each day, 8,200 people worldwide die of complications from AIDS. The piece explores the invisibility of HIV/ AIDS and the retraction of funding for AIDS treatment and research following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Unearthing a variety of materials from inside the 7-foot mirrored vitrine, the work critiques the notion of "the innocent victim" and examines the relationship of the audience to the symbolic red AIDS ribbon by adding to it rope, twine, electrical chord, phone wire, rubber tubing, gauze, and dental floss. Viewers are faced with their own reflection while denied visibility of the performer inside the towering sculpture.