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The Survivors Exhibition at London’s City Hall in 2017 marked a collaboration with the esteemed artist Danielle van Zadelhoff. It comprised 17 commissioned portraits of people living with HIV with subjects drawn from our first 100 interviews.

The exhibition was in celebration of World AIDS Day 2017 and was focused to tackle the stigma attached to HIV through art. It was curated by Adam Roberts and Paul Coleman.

Danielle said at the time “This project is close to my heart because these survivors are witnesses to our history. In these pictures I have tried to capture a reflection of their strength, of the fragility of beauty in their imperfection: the connections between the landscape of skin and their inner selves”.

We were also honoured to have Mayor of London Sadiq Khan share a comment by video message at the launch. The Mayor said “this important exhibition highlights the journey of those living with HIV and the journey the UK has been on as a whole….It’s vital that their stories are told and acknowledged as we redouble our efforts to ensure that HIV and AIDS are, one day, a thing of the past.”

Watch our Survivors! video here.


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