In 2001, I made a series of paintings called “POSITIVE”. They were made with the blood of HIV positive donors.
When the project first came out, fifteen paintings had been made, each with the blood of another donor. Fourteen of them with HIV+ blood, and one with my own, negative blood.
The message was: “Can you tell the difference between positive and negative when you look at the paintings?” Of course not, so don’t treat people with HIV or aids any differently, don’t stigmatize. We are all humans.
The participants, the public and the media loved the project, because it made people talk about the disease in another way. It was not just about numbers, but real people with real lives. Stained blood made into something beautiful as art.