History of HIV told by Vancouver artists in new gallery show (Dr. Montaner, BC-CfE)
Since 1987, Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr has taken thousands of pills to keep HIV/AIDS at bay.
In the process he has collected vast quantities of pill bottles that, considering the outsized role the medication had played in saving his life, has made their way into his work in a series of self-portraits.
But that work is in jeopardy due to flagging global resources and a lack of political will, said Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) at St. Paul’s Hospital. Montaner hopes the colloquium will reactive interest around the successes fighting HIV over the last three decades, as well as a reminder that the work isn’t yet done.
Cheryl Chan reports.
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Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer