In the Curatorís
Statement, Sarah Lippek states:
“There’s a lot to say about living with the virus,
that virus we no longer need to name to be understood, and
much of it is about courage, and a tremulous and unpredictable
strength, and the-love-and-support-of-my-family-and-friends-without-whom.
But there are nights when all the meditation and healthful
living you can pack into the daylight hours can’t shield
you from gallows musings and a dreadful certainly that humans
aren’t any better than all their wars and petty hatreds.
is a selection of artworks that seem, to me, to embody those
nights. Art for the nights when there is a jackal in your
breast that laughs and laughs and won’t quiet down.
For those nights when you open a drawer in the kitchen and
all the forks and spoons have turned to knives, those nights
when heaven seems impossible but you suddenly believe in the
devil. These are artworks about turbulence, deformity, wicked
humor, and all those things we’re told that we, in our
sickness, should overcome. Facing the ugly truth of these
nightmare moments is hard work, work we do alone. Night Work.”
Sarah Lippek was born and raised in Seattle, Washington,
and came to New York for love and adventure in 2003. She now
oversees the very first needle exchange program in the borough
of Queens. She spends her free time writing, cooking for her
friends, and crawling about in abandoned places taking pictures.
in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness
of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project
documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that
their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding
their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates
the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical
services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit
of a professional career. www.visualAIDS.org
is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on
the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and
also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on
the Web, according to <Hot 100>. The Body contains a
rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV
prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art.
An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients
and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable
artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with
other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity
and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its
human and spiritual dimensions.