Miguel Ángel Rojas participates in the exhibition "VIROSIS: ART AND HIV IN COLOMBIA (1981-2023)" at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO)

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16 of March 2023

Miguel Ángel Rojas participates in the group exhibition "Virosis" at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá with the homonymous artwork "Virosis" (1986), after which this collective exhibition adopted its name.

 

While HIV was killing thousands of people in the 80s and 90s, the lack of government action, silence, scarcity of funds for research, and lack of information caused those affected by HIV to rise up and point out the culprits and seek solutions.

 

One of the ways to do this was through artistic creation. In Colombia, Miguel Ángel's voice is historically one of the most relevant regarding this topic, as it was him who, since the 1970s, delved into the exploration of LGBTIQ+ themes and years later, denounced the social dynamics surrounding HIV.

 

This artwork consists of a series of manually developed photographs, created in response to the panic experienced in the 80s due to the danger and violence associated with the spread of HIV. Behind the seemingly caricature-like drawings, scenes of sex, anguish, and death can be distinguished.

 

Miguel Ángel Rojas Virosis, 1986

Partial silver gelatin print (Polyptych)

100 x 200 cm set, 50 x 60 cm each