For The Record: Exhibition
"If he were alive today, if she were alive today, if they were alive today..."
Visual AIDS presented fierce pussy's For The Record exhibition and broadside project for Day With(out) Art 2013
For The Record exhibition
Curated by Risa Puleo
November 23-December 13, 2013
Printed Matter, 195 10th Avenue, NYC
Reception: Saturday, November 30, 5-7 PM
fierce pussy’s installation at Printed Matter usds the site as a newsstand, a site of information, discourse and exchange to engage in a dialogue about the AIDS crisis past, present and future. For The Record was displayed in Printed Matter’s windows as front pages of the daily news and available as a take-away versions as newspaper posters, postcards, and stickers - and shared through-out the city.
For The Record broadsides (newspapers, stickers, postcards and downloadable posters) mourned the loss of friends, family, lovers, artists and activists during the AIDS crisis and engages in a dialogue about the erasure of personal and collective memories from the historical record through this loss. Through poignant and powerful variations of the phrase “If he/she/they were alive today…,” fierce pussy explored the daily aspects of living not only with HIV/AIDS, but as a person in the world, and asked viewers to extract their own memories to consider our personal and social relationship to the AIDS crisis in the present. Museums, universities, activist organizations, art institutions and individuals across the country were invited to download fierce pussy’s broadsides and display them in their venues, creating simultaneous presentations of For the Record to forge national solidarity around the ongoing AIDS crisis. Click here for more info or to download For The Record.
For the Record, was a new iteration of their 2010 project Get Up Everybody and Sing, originally conceived for the White Columns presentation of the exhibition ACT UP NEW YORK: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987 – 1993 (Carpenter Center of the Arts, Harvard University and White Columns).
fierce pussy has continued to engage in a reclaiming of language and public space with installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums. Find out more about the work of fierce pussy on their website.