The Weight of Relevance
Andrea Bowers. The Weight of Relevance , 2007.
“The Weight of Relevance,” a three-channel video projection, continues my investigation into the intersection of activism and aesthetics by combining documentary style interviews with slow moving still-life shots of the Aids Memorial Quilt in storage. It concentrates on the current status of the Aids Memorial Quilt, the largest piece of folk art in the world, and on the people who maintain and display this monumental cultural artifact, now over 54 tons of fabric. The AIDS Memorial Quilt’s committed staff (once a staff of 52, now just 10) try to find an equilibrium between preserving a cultural artifact and using an iconic activist tool . No quilt is shown unfolded in the video - reflecting the re-silencing of the names and the pandemic as the demographics of the disease change and the quilt fades from the public eye.
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