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One of the projects I’ve thought about doing these past months is a kind of illuminated manuscript of PLWA’s or who have died of AIDS that have influenced me. I found this set of trading cards in the archive at the ICI and in some ways I think it does it better. I did a little bit of digging on the internet, but didn’t find too much information about this project, except where linked above. The last link is a list of all 110 cards.
This is an original red ribbon from the Red Ribbon project. Read the text of the links above if you want to know all about it.
I’ve always been fairly ambivalent about this symbol. I think when it was first created, I was too young and afraid of what wearing a symbol like this would mean, and as I got older, I was disappointed by the commodification of it, and the usurpation by any number of causes that sort of watered it down. I’ve always been more a pink triangle person myself, though it’s meaning is very different. Seeing this (found in the AIDS archive here at the ICI), holding it and reading the history of it, knowing it was made with love and compassion I feel differently. It has the aura of history for sure.