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This Art Exhibit Used HIV-Positive Blood to Create 14 Conceptual Photographs

Breaking the stigma with art.
This Art Exhibit Used HIV-Positive Blood to Create 14 Conceptual Photographs
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Breaking the stigma with art.

To celebrate the first of December and World AIDS Day, we spent our evening in the humble space that housed Niccolo Cosme's collaborative art exhibit for HIV awareness. There, we heard the stories of many who have lived with HIV and perished with AIDS, breaking our hearts while building our hope through the strength of those who wish to break the stigma attached to the virus.

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The walls of Pineapple Lab in Makati were lined with the 14 digital art prints of XIV, a gripping timeline reflecting the life of a person living with HIV, inspired by the Stations of the Cross of the Catholic Church. Each artwork was brushed with actual blood donated by HIV-positive people for the sake of the cause, a fascinating touch we couldn't ignore. The breathtaking pieces were stamped to life with the very thing that those living with HIV were indoctrinated to be ashamed of, a part of their bodies they cannot do without. Many of the visitors were afraid to touch or even go near the art pieces because of the blood, plagued by the myths of HIV transmission.

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But it turns out that the blood on the art pieces are completely harmless, because according to Niccolo, the virus dies once the blood has dried. "We don't want to scare," stresses Niccolo in an exclusive interview with Preview. "We want to tell a story—the story that HIV is real and it's right in front of you." Coming across this information, it was difficult for us to keep that information to ourselves.

We wanted everyone not to be afraid of the art because there is more to them than the blood they were painted with. And then we wondered, what the world would be like for those living with HIV and AIDS if everyone looked at them the same way.

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Keep scrolling to see the stylish guests and celebrities who supported this magnificently powerful cause!

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Niccolo Cosme, Creative director of Project Headshot Clinic

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Iza Calzado

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Heart Evangelista-Escudero

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Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

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Diana Menezes

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Rodel Flordeliz

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G3 San Diego

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NJ Torres

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Melo Briones

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Luca Bombeccari

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Mark Bumgarner

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Daniel Lagdameo

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Ysabel Chang

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Preview's Nikki Santiago-Rivera and husband Justin Rivera

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Preview's Marj Ramos

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Preview's Gab Gutierrez

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Preview's Steph Sison

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Preview's Yanna Lopez

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Preview's Maura Rodriguez

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Preview's Isha Andaya-Valles

The exhibit will run for the whole month of December at Pineapple Lab. Catch it while you can!

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