WORLD AIDS DAY | ’81 | 21 Exposed’ shows forty years of fighting, dealing with and living with HIV

1 December is World AIDS Day, a day where the world focuses on the pandemic which has now been lasting for forty years. To mark this anniversary, Bob Reijnders is holding an exhibition called ‘81 | 21 exposed‘. From 4 to 31 December in Antwerp

’81 | 21 Exposed’ poster.

The AIDS epidemic officially began on June 5, 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report‘ newsletter reported unusual clusters of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) caused by a form of Pneumocystis carinii (now recognized as a distinct species, Pneumocystis jirovecii) in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.

Over the next 18 months, more PCP clusters were discovered among otherwise healthy men in cities throughout the country, along with other opportunistic diseases (such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and persistent, generalized lymphadenopathy), common in immunosuppressed patients. 

The full history of the AIDS pandemic here

Bob Reijnders

Photographer Bob Reijnders made portraits of some twelve witnesses of the AIDS era. Their portraits and stories are shown at creative studio and space Keen in the Fuggerstraat in 2060 Antwerp

There will also be a book. Part of the proceeds go to Lumi, the LGBTQI switchboard of çavaria

81 | 21 Exposed
4 to 31 December 2021.

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