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Thirty exhibition opens on World AIDS Day

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News staff - 21st November 2014

A moving image exhibition marking 30 years of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand will open in Auckland on World AIDS Day.

Thirty includes historical footage and images, presented alongside panels from the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Thirty is described as illuminating the early years of HIV/AIDS, exploring changing community attitudes and responses, and acknowledging those that have died.

Eve van Grafhorst collecting donations. From All About Eve (Top Shelf Productions, 1994).

It’s based on Gareth Watkins’ exhibition, 30, which was presented in Wellington earlier this year. Both exhibitions commemorate 2014 as marking the 30th anniversary of the first death of a person in New Zealand with an AIDS related illness.

The Auckland exhibition will expand by adding stories of women impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has commissioned and produced material addressing women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS which will be preserved for future researchers.

Programme Developer Paula Booker says this addresses a gap in the archives, and “social and media biases”.

She says because the early epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS in New Zealand was highly concentrated among gay men, who still the group most at risk of contracting HIV in New Zealand, “the majority of high profile education and health campaigns have been targeted to this group.”

Thirty will be hosted by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision on Karangahape Rd, from 2- 24 December and January - 27 February.

An opening event will be held on 1 December, which is World AIDS Day, at 6PM.

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