Silence = Death Poster


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Original poster for Silence = Death Project, Let the Record Show, 1987. Silence = Death was a project started in 1986 by six New Yorkers, Avram Finkelstein, Brian Howard, Oliver Johnston, Charles Kreloff, Chris Lione and Jorge Socarrás, as a support system during the height of the AIDS crisis. Interested in spreading awareness, and inspired by art world activists, they created this poignant poster centered on a simple but loaded, reclaimed symbol. Historically, an upside down pink triangle badge was employed in Nazi concentration camps to identify homosexual prisoners, The right side up pink triangle quickly became an icon of AIDS activism and was adopted by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), which is still alive today. This poster is from the first round of printing where there were typographical errors in the printing. The poster reads “Center for Disease Control” instead of “Centers” and also reads “Federal Drug Administration” instead of “Food and Drug Administration” Both were later corrected in subsequent printings. Offset lithograph, measures 22 x 34″

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