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One Year of AZT, 1991

General Idea
Canadian, 1946
1825 units of vacuum-formed styrene with vinyl
wall-mounted capsules: 12.7 x 31.7 x 6.3 cm each
Purchased 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37688.1-1825)

This work renders in high relief the drug AZT that is prescribed to HIV-positive patients to delay the onset of AIDS. The pills are arranged on the wall in daily, monthly, and yearly dosages, the composition recalling both the calendar and the efficient look of pharmaceutical packaging. The Toronto-based collective General Idea - AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal - created a profound body of work in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis until 1994, when Partz and Zontal were lost to the disease.




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One Year of AZT: Managing Aids with Pills. (2 min 24 sec)

One Year of AZT: Colour. (0 min 30 sec)

One Year of AZT: Audience Reactions (1 min 25 sec)

One Year of AZT: Vacuum formed Plastic Capsules. (0 min 23 sec)

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