February 5th, 2019
Starting on February 9th, the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is stored year-round in hockey bags donated by Molson Canadian, will be on display in collaboration with artist Hazel Meyer as part of the Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art exhibit at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Meyer states:
“Because of the Quilt’s size, the fragility of textiles as they age, and the lack of funding for AIDS memorial projects, the piece is difficult to store and preserve. It is nonetheless a crucial part of our history, and a reminder that HIV (the virus that can lead to AIDS) is ongoing. In Canada, the illness continues to disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, especially men who have sex with men, people who use injection drugs, youth and Indigenous people.
The history of the AIDS epidemic is about lack of access, stigma, colonialism, racism, homophobia, and many other forms of violence.”
The exhibit launches this weekend. CAS’s Executive Director Gary Lacasse and Michael Brennan, Executive Director of AIDS Committee of Windsor will both be present. We will be posting on our social media (follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) about it, so stay tuned! For more information about the exhibit, visit the Art Gallery of Windsor’s website.
Photo source: Hazel Meyer
The Quilt symbolizes the HIV movement
The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt serves as a living memory of the almost 25,000 Canadians who have died of AIDS-related causes.
As such, it is also a vivid reminder of the significant progress we have made over the past 30 years … and of the ongoing challenge that we collectively face as we make headway towards ultimately eradicating HIV from the face of the earth.
Inspired by the U.S. Quilt, the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt was born from the grassroots and symbolizes who we are as a movement: caring individuals who can make good things happen.
The Canadian AIDS Society is proud to preserve this legacy and, through this web site, make the Quilt more accessible and more visible to the public than ever before.
We have completely re-designed www.quilt.ca to expand its storytelling capacity — including the ability to search and view individual panels.
As you explore the web site — and witness the touching displays of various quilt panels and the poignant story behind each one — we hope that you will share our respect and admiration for the thousands of Canadians who were, and remain, affected by HIV.
We believe that the Quilt must remain a living memory for generations to come — that their lives and their contributions should be remembered and celebrated in ways that honour their struggles for their right to be heard, to be treated and to live and die with dignity.
It is an inspiration for us all. Let us keep their memory alive.
The Quilt in the News