The Andy Warhol Museum’s walls will be coated with HIV+ undetectable and PrEP blood for World Aids Day, December 1st, as a part of the ambitious artwork by artist Jordan Eagles.
The daring installation presents immersive projections from Eagles’s series entitled Illuminations, including Vinci (Illuminations) (2018), his bloody recreation of Da Vinci’s Salvatore Mundi, questioning whether its worth of $450m could’ve been instead spent on more pressing issues such as medical research.
The site-specific installation will be shown within the current exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation in one of the Pittsburgh museum’s galleries, curated by chief curator, José Carlos Diaz. Eagles is using the donated blood of 59 men identifying as gay, transgender and gay, who are all taking the preventative HIV medication PrEp. The artist’s choice to use blood as a medium aims to express “our common humanity and our ability to save lives,” as described by Eagles.
The powerful, digitally enlarged images of these blood cells will be projected next to famous Warhol works such as Raphael Madonna (1985) and the pink Last Supper (1986) addressing societal biases against members of the LGBTQ community and the prejudice surrounding HIV. Described by curator Diaz as a “timely, dynamic and moving”, the installation will create a fascinating dialogue to Warhol’s own provocations against social stigma and his complex relationship to the Catholic Church. It will also host the nonprofit organization Allies for Health + Wellbeing for the day to provide council and information to individuals about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.