The exhibition opens ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December and bridges artists’ early response to AIDS in the US in the 1980-90s with today’s urgent need to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in Ukraine.
The project includes iconic works by Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Nan Goldin and
Félix González-Torres. Five new pieces were created especially for the exhibition, including a large scale outdoor video projection by Tony Oursler; a multimedia project created by Nan Goldin in Ukraine in the lead up to the exhibition; a video by Ai Weiwei; a photo by Sergiy Bratkov; and a performance by Ilya Chichkan.
Elena Pinchuk, Founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation: “The works we have managed to pull for the exhibition with a symbolic title Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way represent a story of how art community have been reacting to the AIDS epidemics. The majority of the exhibits that you will see today were created as a result of artists’ personal pain of losing their beloved ones to the disease. The works presented within the art space are the stories of loss and hope, stories of changes in society’s reaction towards people affected by HIV/AIDS, stories of how the need to survive shifted cultural boundaries of what was and what was not appropriate to discuss publicly. I hope this exhibition will reach hearts and minds of young people who every day take decisions which outline their future.”