Today, on World AIDS Day, we kicked off our new exhibition The Quilt: Echoes & Memories, which will run from 1-31 December at Filmbase in Temple Bar. This project is a collaboration with Queer Culture Ireland, which was founded by Judith Finlay and Kate Drinane.
Among other things, The Quilt: Echoes & Memories features the Irish AIDS Quilt and highlights the pioneering work of Gay Health Action. The exhibition is dedicated to the late Mary Shannon (1947-2020), founder of the Irish NAMES Project and Custodian of the Quilts.
The Quilt: Echoes & Memories reflects on the echoes we feel and the memories evoked when looking back at the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s while living through this current pandemic. The exhibition honours the memory of the people who died from AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom are named on the Quilts, many more who are not. We also want to honour those who supported and fought for the rights of those living with HIV and AIDS, especially in a time of stigmatisation and secrecy.
The Quilt: Echoes & Memories was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, in a live-streamed Facebook event.
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