Every Moment Counts

AIDS and its Feelings

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Bart Julius Peters, When Will I Hear Your Sweet Voice? II, 2022..

Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Courtesy of the artist. Supported by Mondriaan Fund

Every Moment Counts—AIDS and its Feelings brings together 60 international artists and over 200 works. The exhibition will reestablish the discussion on the complex historical as well as contemporary representations of HIV/AIDS.

Date Place
Main Gallery

Taking its title from a series of color prints by photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955–1989), Every Moment Counts–AIDS and its Feelings presents works from 1982 until today, including several new productions. In addition to focusing on queer culture, the exhibition also assesses the contribution of the arts to periods of intense social and political crisis.

Curated according to a broad range of differing “emotional qualities” the exhibition presents an entanglement of aesthetic research, political activism, personal experiences, and theoretical analysis. The exhibited works manifest how artists responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic along the lines of themes including love and death, hope and resignation, intimacy and the body. Also rage and desire, care and healing, spirituality, and protection; mourning and memory, vulnerability and power, sex, politics, and activism.

Every Moment Counts—AIDS and its Feelings captures the powerful sense of urgency that artists experienced in response to the tragedy of AIDS, but more than anything else, the poetics of life and its feelings expressed by their works. As we grapple with another epidemic today, many of the issues presented in the works have the potential to add new layers of meaning.

As a backdrop to the exhibition, the year 2022 is significant. It marks fifty years since the decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Norway when paragraph 213 in the Norwegian Penal Code was lifted. This has led several Norwegian art institutions to address relevant issues as part of a national Queer Culture Year.

Limited to sexual conduct between men, the change in legislation not only contributed to legitimizing sexual difference, but also had cultural, social and political repercussions. The repeal of paragraph 213 preceded the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s. Granting juridical recognition to the widest spectrum of the Norwegian population abated the stigmatization of so-called “risk groups” and encouraged more inclusive prevention education programs in the 1990s.

  • Keith Harring Chocolate Buddha 3 1993
    ↑ Keith Haring, Chocolate Buddha 3, 1989.

    Erling Løken Andersen

  • General Idea One Month of AZT
    ↑ General Idea, One Month of AZT Ed. 2/2, 1991.

    Ringier Collection, Switzerland

  • Every Moment Counts – AIDS and its Feelings
  • Rotimi Fani Kayode Every Moment Counts II fra serien Ecstatic Antibodies 1989
    ↑ Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts II, from the series Ecstatic Antibodies, 1989.

    © Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Courtesy Autograph, London

  • Liliana Maresca Sin titulo Imagen pública Altas esferas Fotografía por Marcos López 1993 Fotoperformance gelatina de plata al selenio sobre papel fibra Ilford 22 x 335 cm edición 10 AP 6 alta
    ↑ Liliana Maresca, Imagen pública - Altas esferas, 1993.

    Courtesy Rolf Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Foto: Marcos López

The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition guide in Norwegian with texts by an advisory group comprised of Petter Dotterud Anthun, Arne Backer Grønningsæter, Hans Erik Heier, Hiv Norge, Per Miljeteig, Ketil Slagstad and Carla Tsampiras.

A comprehensive English publication edited by Ana María Bresciani, Karen Monica Reini, and Tommaso Speretta will follow in May 2022. Foreword by Tone Hansen. Design by ANTI. Supported by the foundation for freedom of expression in Norway, Fritt Ord.

  • Chrysanne Stathacos Condom Mandala
    ↑ Chrysanne Stathacos, Condom Mandala I, 1991.

    © Chrysanne Stathacos. The Breeder Gallery, Athens

  • Side Effect No 2 ELM 193 001
    ↑ Elmgreen & Dragset, Side Effect, No. 2 (Truvada, Isentress), 2015.

    Elmgreen and Dragset Studio / Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

I samarbeid med:

  • Goete Institut
  • Hiv Norge R

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