Images from the Corcoran Gallery of Art by Jati Lindsay
Eight extraordinarily engaged artists from Magnum Photos have ventured far from home to visualize some of the external aspects of individual lives marked by AIDS and its consequences. Supported by the Global Fund on the ground, Jonas Bendiksen, Jim Goldberg, Alex Majoli, Steve McCurry, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, and Larry Towell each embraced the responsibility to document with objectivity and compassion the role of medical intervention in the fight against a life-threatening illness. Their new work appears for the first time in Access to Life.
These photographers interacted with many communities throughout around the world. Their connections extended beyond those directly suffering from AIDS, to include loved ones, children, parents, and literal families, no less than families of affinity and choice. In bringing all these people together for this project, Access to Life proposes that these citizens of nine separate countries are united across political and geographic borders by their common struggle to forestall mortality and to participate in global networks of compassion and solicitude.
One important goal of this exhibition is to recognize the many individuals who participated in this project. Together they have allowed us a lyrical and bracing glimpse into the lives of people stirred to care for the bodies and souls of those they love.
Bill Horrigan, CuratorWexner Center for the ArtsThe Ohio State University
June 14 to July 20, 2008 Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC
Magnum exhibitions are organized in collaboration with respected international museums and galleries. With approximately 200 successful exhibitions on show every year, the work of the Magnum photographers offers a broad vision of documentary photography today to a far-reaching international audience.
The Access to Life Exhibition is a powerful component to the worldwide campaign.
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