United by AIDS

An Anthology on Art in Response to HIV / AIDS

HIV / AIDS writes many stories in life and in art: a survey of art and activism in response to a severe, global disease


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Edited by Raphael Gygax and Heike Munder. With contributions from Douglas Crimp, Alexander García Düttmann, Raphael Gygax, Elsa Himmer, Ted Kerr, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Nurja Ritter

1st edition

, 2019


260 pages, 66 color and 4 b/w illustrations

14.5 x 23.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-839-3

In collaboration with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich


The appearance of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the 1980s and its rapid spread around the world has left deep marks in society. The illness itself and its effects on society have also caused manifold responses by artists and activists in many countries.

United by AIDS, published in conjunction with an extensive group show on the topic of loss, remembrance, activism and art in response to HIV/AIDS at Zurich’s Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Migros Museum for Contemporaray Art), sheds light on the multifaceted and complex interrelation between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present. It examines the blurred boundaries between art production and HIV/AIDS activism and showcases artists who played—and still play leading roles in this discourse. Alongside images of artworks and brief texts on the represented artists, the book features voices from the past and present. Essays by Douglas Crimp, Alexander García Düttmann, Raphael Gygax, Elsa Himmer, Ted Kerr, Elisabeth Lebovici ,and Nurja Ritter broaden the view oft he international discourse on HIV/AIDS society’s confrontation with the disease.




Raphael Gygax is a Zurich-based art historian, curator and writer, and director of the BA program in art and media at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK since 2019. He has been a curator at Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich 2003–19.


Heike Munder is director of Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich since 2001.

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General Idea, White AIDS (Wallpaper), 1991, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Courtesy the Estate of General Idea and Esther Schipper Rossetti. © Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Hudinilson Jr., Zona de Tensão III – D, 1988, Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Keith Haring, Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, 1989, Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation

Donald Moffett, He Kills Me, 1987, Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen

Chéri Samba, La Marche de soutien contre le SIDA, 2006, Collection Lucien Bilinelli, Brussels/Milan


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