International Quilt projects - AIDS Memorial Quilt Conference (1995)

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[00:00:00] This audio comes from the collections of the New Zealand aids Memorial quilt. [00:00:06] Our next presenter is from the names project Canada, the project unknown Canada. [00:00:22] I brought my own cheering section. [00:00:27] It's always very moving listening to cleave. And, of course, reminds me why we're why we are all here. And sometimes, when we're working away at all the administrative functions that are associated with the quilt, I, [00:00:46] along with our volunteers, take out some of the panels to look at them again, to just remind us why we're really here, because it's very easy to get caught up in a lot of the other issues to get the quilt out there. [00:01:08] But back to Canada, [00:01:10] Canada is geographically very large, I should have brought a map, we are in fact, physically larger than the United States. [00:01:20] But we only have 29 million people in our country. [00:01:27] To [00:01:27] accommodate the major concepts of the quilt, what we did was establish a national board. Now for those of you in geographically large countries, you know that this presents its own kind of difficulties. So we have board members across a 5000 mile distance, we try to arrange them every 1000 miles or so. So we have the country divided into five geographical regions. And in each of those regions, we have small committees working together. [00:02:18] As well as our five regional directors on the national board. We have four members at large, all of whom are HIV positive. [00:02:34] They remind us on a daily basis, what those issues are, that are important to the HIV community, and of course to all others who are affected. [00:02:50] We began our project in 1989. But as many of you know that there are a lot of political difficulties surrounding HIV AIDS. And in Canada, the prot the original project folded after three years. [00:03:10] We then had a break for two years. And it's only in this last year that our new group [00:03:19] has taken over management of the quilt. [00:03:23] In fact, we're about one year old this week. [00:03:30] Yes, happy birthday. [00:03:33] We have now 55 sections in a Canadian quilt that represents approximately 1100 names. [00:03:48] We have 450 individual panels. [00:03:53] And our first national display is going to be next week in Edmonton, Alberta, [00:04:01] where we will have all our sections together. When I take the three that we have here this week. [00:04:11] We've had about 40 displays and loans in the past year, we loan anywhere from one section to all 55. But mostly we find that the impact of the quilt [00:04:27] can be felt with two sections or five sections or 10 sections. [00:04:36] And so that those are the loans we try to encourage. [00:04:42] We've had some Well, what I should say is all the loans are very emotional. They are to each of the audiences. [00:04:52] But we've had some particularly interesting loans in the past six months, [00:04:58] we were invited by a very large Buddhist community in Halifax, which is where I'm from in the east coast of Canada [00:05:11] to have three quilts or three sections at The Investiture of the new spiritual leader for a very large Buddhist community. And that was a particularly moving event. They're ramping a their spiritual leader commented on the sections that were there. [00:05:33] We also had sections in a northern Canadian community for a native stone raising ceremony. [00:05:42] And of course, like most of you, we have sections, in schools and in universities, and just generally in communities who are interested in raising awareness. [00:06:00] Education for us is the key. We also have a high school quote program, which was based on the UK production of materials and the program that they have. We're very grateful for that. [00:06:16] We're just beginning as you might imagine, because we're only one year old. [00:06:22] We completed last week, our own internet project. So we have photographs digitized of all 55 sections on a CD ROM. And we're now talking about some of the ethical issues around the use of those images. And we will be delighted to talk with any of you who can share with us some of your concerns or ideas about changing the public image of the quilt. [00:06:53] Once you put the quilt on the World Wide Web or computers, you start dealing with liquidity in a very different way. We have concerns about this. And as I said, we will be pleased to hear your thoughts on how this can be most effective. [00:07:14] And just like all of you I'm sure. [00:07:17] Funding is a major issue. We're all volunteers [00:07:22] at the national board level, and our primary objective is to get the quilt out there and to talk to people as clean as said about the individuals behind these panels. [00:07:35] Canada is a little bit different than many of the other countries we do have a fair amount of funding for AIDS community projects. But of course it's never enough. [00:07:48] We're delighted to be here. There are four of us, you can tell us by our shirts. Not today, Judy. And please feel free to talk to us and share with your ideas about what you're doing. Thank you very much. [00:08:12] Our next presenter is from the Zambia aids Memorial quilt. [00:08:34] I am from Zambia [00:08:37] country of about 8 million people [00:08:42] Zambia could be as big as Nigeria [00:08:49] I come from a region where aids [00:08:53] Zambia is [00:08:56] a place where is the hardest hit the world. [00:09:02] And [00:09:04] I can't wait to see the quilt [00:09:08] back home. [00:09:11] I'm surprised to see that we have few people who have come from a region where AIDS is the order of the day. [00:09:20] I think the cute [00:09:24] would be the best tool of education back home because it is not too academic. [00:09:33] I am [00:09:35] code Mr. AIDS. Whenever I work with quilts on outreach and AIDS education. [00:09:44] Not that I've taken the cute very often yet. [00:09:49] On Sunday and AIDS Memorial panels still being rather recent. [00:09:55] I have been an AIDS educator and look at all powers for the last three years. Hope house is [00:10:07] a home a place where people are HIV positive [00:10:15] are welcomed. [00:10:17] The stigma is so strong in my country. People so don't talk about it that people who are [00:10:24] HIV positive cannot be talked to or you can get close to them. [00:10:32] I tested [00:10:36] positive in 1992. [00:10:40] Join the positive and living squad. A group of people who are set of set of whose set of setup is Coursera status is positive. [00:10:51] I gave up my job as a bricklayer [00:10:55] discovered my talent as an artist and became I'm an outreach [00:11:03] education worker [00:11:07] last month, the British Council in Lusaka that is the capital city of Zambia [00:11:16] had code for hope house resource person to give a talk to the staff. I and two other powers, colleagues responded. [00:11:30] I had taken our hope house quotes and give it took to a capacity of 30 people using our four panels as openers. [00:11:39] At first the people did not show any interest. [00:11:43] But when I hang up the panels it made them curious. I told him that the panels converted my house friends at all panels, about my own circles, positive status and about the importance of being open and careful about AIDS. [00:12:02] Comments where someone dies of AIDS, the chapter is closed. [00:12:09] It is better not to talk about it. [00:12:12] Why remember someone was gone. [00:12:17] I knew that the British Council had lost their library and to HIV and let it panel in his memory have been made. [00:12:25] Not all staff members knew what it meant to have Mr. morn donors quote on display in their video library even though they had all signed it. [00:12:36] It gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about remembering the names and about the AIDS chapter. Being far from closed. [00:12:47] Two weeks before admin to a two week artists workshop 23 artists from 23 artists from all over the world were assembled to work on their designs and techniques. [00:13:01] I am a painter and a sculptor. And apart from working on my art, I used every opportunity to talk about my other work that is counseling and an AIDS outreach education at lunchtime dinner or break time I broached the topic. That is our in my nickname, Mr. AIDS. [00:13:25] I saw t shirts inscribed use a condom and no condom no six. I told the Kenyan delegate how HIV was transmitted. He didn't know. [00:13:39] And I ended up telling everybody who infects whom. [00:13:45] Wherever they are land that another of the powers had passed away. [00:13:52] redness machine was her name [00:13:56] and Nana very well. [00:14:00] But couldn't help but think. Another name for the quilt. [00:14:08] Last month, I lost my very good friend and power colleague, [00:14:14] Dixon shooter [00:14:17] during the last two weeks of his life, he was laying unconscious in hospital. Neither the nurses or his family wanted to touch him or care for him. [00:14:31] I did [00:14:33] actually have brought his quilt which you soon see. Thank you very much. [00:14:47] an ex present is from Memorial quilt Japan. [00:15:04] On November 10, 1990, [00:15:07] about Saturday, people from all walks of life gathered at the Metallica in studio injured student created at Gareth proprietors, activists businessman and in this group was Mr. Yoshiaki Ishida, who later brace bravely stepped forward to be the person to publicly announce his HIV status. This meeting was the birth of America to Japan. At this time, the spread of the HIV virus was data began to be built as a serious social issue in Japan do do that ignore us and Miss information in the society. George infected with HIV were forced to live very uncertain lives. [00:16:06] The creation of NFP all globes and the beginning of a movement to teach the general public and that choice of AIDS was initiated by people living with HIV and AIDS. [00:16:25] Except for some bare layer expects the mass media government and those in the medical field has a tendency [00:16:39] sorry, [00:16:43] except for Sam very late exception than that media, government and does in the medical field has a tendency to ignore the plight of those affect affected by HIV. [00:17:02] Many our displays have either been school related or held at academic estates John's estate and [00:17:14] the sex education of the Japanese guru system is a famous for excluding any so called controversial subject. [00:17:26] This explain why it does not allow for any open discussion of AIDS [00:17:36] because of this conservative politician, the circles define clump, catching the heart of the matter only mentioning in a very vague and informative way the importance and importance of prevention of AIDS [00:17:59] in the field of education market has presented a way for Japanese to focus on not only the issue of prevention, but to also recognize the human side of the issue and the importance of normalization. [00:18:22] As a result of our contribution to education, students have been able to not only know about their credit, but also because ever to think more seriously about the sexualities and lifestyles and bodies. [00:18:54] This movement has an important lot, education meaning those many who may because become involved in a volunteer works in the future. [00:19:09] In addition, we have also been invited to hold [00:19:15] this prize at many health center and administrative office and various community groups. [00:19:29] Here I I'd like to show you one pile of our guild This is some mostly sendgrid in the Japan awkward, because we are able to put in with an eight panel set we have brought it at one panel here there is no name or any form as identification song on it yet, because this type of bad, this type of bad the crowd [00:20:06] the present a certain region of Japan, we know from what it originated. The bird symbolize that sadness and tragedy of the HIV positive haemophiliacs [00:20:24] the arrow the president Jeffrey prejudices of the society. So, Allah has enjoyed the buzz when wings, this is a memory of several people with HIV and AIDS, who have tested our or continue to fight against AIDS in this region. [00:20:51] The number of the [00:20:54] number of the present the number of [00:20:59] people with passes away and left this awesome ankle pressing concatenate rod, to fry off to heaven. [00:21:12] In legally, according to the government status, the number of people with HIV and AIDS in this region is zero. [00:21:24] This is because the number of AIDS cases reported by the government does not include those people infected by con content contaminated broad productive, the AIDS probation for policies and activists by the administration as the government's way to ensure that the number of cases demand [00:21:53] Gen. [00:21:56] Such a society, the make making available could also provide a kid maybe of [00:22:05] his friends and family to express the feeling [00:22:11] this guilt and that displaying of it have broken through many such as social taboo and evil arrow for families or what's a deceit to discuss it more openly [00:22:38] decayed further strength upon the bonds between one another and plays a vital law is a morning progress process. In addition to this code, I indicate you took a look at the code with graduate expression drank the next three days. Thank you

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