|PIETA In The Times Of AIDS is an appeal to the hearts of all
those people, groups and cultures harbouring and propelling feelings of stigma
and forces of discrimination
against people living with HIV/AIDS, against their families or neighbours.
PIETA In The Times Of AIDS especially wants to address the pain, suffering
and horror caused by blind religious leaders spreading thought, moral views
and beliefs which kindle feelings and actions of stigma and discrimination
in the hearts of their very sons and daughters, sisters and brothers.
PIETA In The Times Of AIDS attempts to reflect the vast body of the Church
and Sangha being heavily infected by HIV/AIDS. The PIETA is wished to be
a catalyst for a spiritual revolution becoming the antidote and the medicine
against inner, outer and secret tendencies and forces of stigma, discrimination
and destruction, and against both worldly and spiritual ignorance.
PIETA In The Times Of AIDS is a painful outcry for a collectively and individually
suppressed sexuality that distorts and stigmatises self and other as well
as the knowledge about methods and means for Safer Sex.
Therefore PIETA In The Time Of AIDS is also a dedication and a reminder
for the suppressed love and compassion for the present living and dying victims
of the disease – women, men and children – and for a great number
of healthy human beings who neither have the will, ability nor possibility
for the practice of abstinence.
Being denied this fundamental love, understanding and compassion and thereby
the chance for learning how to protect the lives of themselves and others
by applying Safer Sex methods, the latter run great danger of contracting
the disease, at every moment, world-wide.
The work and its symbols
PIETA In The Times Of AIDS is a composition of a clay sculpture, graphic design and music with symbols echoing both thoughts of Western and Eastern arts and religion.
The physical sculpture has the form of a triangle, pieta, deity or a simple meditator.
It was photographed and given the colour purple symbolizing inter alia the power of catholic bishops and cardinals; feminist movements; archetypal for a hermaphrodite.
Its background is golden taken from a painted halo from the Middle Ages.
Around the statue a circle of following words is rotating clockwise/slowly:
IN PAIN IN LOVE IN PLEASURE IN COMPASSION IN PAIN IN LOVE etcetc
The pauses between the four expressions are like the open spaces/endpoints to form the axes of an invisible cross, time and space.
The music accompanying the animation is a whistled passage from J.S. Bach´s Agnus Dei, the lamb of God, recorded by a simple dictaphone.
The PIETA is a creative common by maaa members.