The exhibition presents 50 of these personal statements—photo-essays and videos generated over the past 12 years. The works include intimate self-portraits as well as everyday imagery of relationships, bodies, hobbies, and more abstract meditations on joy, grief, and resilience. Participating photographers hail from 10 cities across the globe, including Johannesburg, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro—a multitude of disparate voices that coalesce around one core tenet: a belief that challenging stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS is the most effective method for combating the epidemic.
The photo-essays are complemented by a newly commissioned sculptural work by Los Angeles–based multimedia artist Alison Saar, an HIV-negative ally whose installation celebrates survivors and their voices. Scheduled public programs will incorporate personal storytelling in the galleries, performed by the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes collective—seven HIV-positive Angelenos who have studied photography with project codirector Gideon Mendel.