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Artist Series #1- Where are you from? Earth! Then and Now,1978-2016 (part-1)

Artist Series #1- Where are you from? Earth! Then and Now,1978-2016 (part-1)

CAI is thrilled to bring you a new multi-part blog post. For this series of posts, we are stepping away from our traditional commentary on HIV/AIDS. We will look at HIV/AIDS through the lens of the art and words of Outsider-Kansas City artist, Bruce Burstert, and his former partner Robert Smith, long ago claimed by AIDS. This is the first in a new series of blog post looking at HIV/AIDS through the micro lens of other artists. 

The Impact of One

The  Impact  of  One

Have you ever had someone tell you that they have contracted HIV?  We were sitting in the parking lot of a liquor store when he told me. It was surreal; even after all the interviews, all the talks, and information I had around HIV/AIDS, I still found myself speechless and scrabbling to try and not say something dumb, something I knew was not the truth, like, “everything’s going to be okay” because most likely it is going to be okay, but do I know that for a fact?

99 problems and AIDS is only one for affected Children

99 problems and AIDS is only one for affected Children

I won’t lie: I had some trepidation about working closely with, sleeping next to, and caring for a bunch of sick kids in the beginning.  Yes, at that time I’d been longtime wonderful friends with many, many poz adults.  Perhaps I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to care for the kids in the way that they needed.  And perhaps I was a little scared that I could, and that I would really grow to love them.

Worth the read! - The inspirational source behind our projects title -

Worth the read! - The inspirational source behind our projects title -

 

The article “Please Don't Infect Me, I am Sorry,“ written in 2012 by Rich Juzwiak talks about HIV/AIDS from a prospective not often heard. I would say it resonated with me, and was my main inspiration and the source where I derived the concept for the title of this project-