Contagious Love 2007:Artistic reflections on the HIV/Aids situation in China
exhibition opening:December 1st,2007,20:00
exhibition duration:December 1st–31st,2007
Add:TCG Nordica gallery,Xibalu 101#,Kunming
Sponsor: Xiao Rong
Curator: Luo Fei
artists/poets: Chath Pier Sath(Cambodia),Du Gao,Sha Sha,Yu Di,He Libin,Zhang Xiangwu,Zou Kunling,Huang Youhua,Lei Yan+Song Ziping,Sun Guojuan,Li Feng,Li Xiang,Dan Froberg(Sweden),Marjan Verhaeghe(Belgium),Zhou Lei,Li Youjie,Nina Cheng,Liu Jun,Wu Yuequan,Gao Yunfei,Li Xu,Dou Yu,Zhang Yongzheng
In Chinese minds, ‘aids’ is still something kept as a ‘non-of-my-business’ concept. There are few people who understand and care about the fact that this disease increases so fast, and has become a threat to the whole world. Because of the nature of Chinese culture it has been a hidden problem, resulting in even higher risks. It is difficult to talk about matters of who is infected, how and where it has been passed on, and how to stop it. Even now, when people take action and establish some works to help affected people, and control the spread, it is still difficult to know what is going to happen in the coming 10 years.
In China, art, music and culture has a very special ability to communicate and mediate messages. People are used to this way of getting information and understand different issues. Artists can speak a heart-to-heart language where age, gender and cultural differences do not matter.
“Contagious Love ” is the TCG Nordica sustained three years of the AIDS community care nonprofit projects, initiated cultural and arts activities to arouse people’s attention to AIDS. In this process artists, poets and other cultural workers together with HIV/AIDS care workers and the infected people get connected, the project builds a bridge between these people and promotes a mutual understanding between them. This year 24 poets and artists from China, Cambodia, Belgium and Sweden, and other countries. They use art and words as a language to show great concern about HIV/AIDS.