New York City-born Frank Moore (1953-2002) was a visual artist and an activist who was involved in the creation of the Red Ribbon, which to this day symbolises support for everyone affected by HIV-AIDS. Following his HIV diagnosis, Moore's work became increasingly autobiographic, often focusing on the representation of AIDS-related issues. I am fascinated by his paintings, which combine colourful dreamscapes with an uncompromising awareness of the dark reality of his condition.
In 2022, there were an estimated 39 million people living with HIV, a staggering 23% of which have no access to treatment. In the same year, 630 000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people have become newly infected. Since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s, the virus has claimed more than 40 million lives.
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© Frank Moore (1953-2002)
Image: Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York