Tag Archives: AIDS

How Important is Touch at the Bedside of the Dying?

An interview with Everflowing director and educator Irene Smith, Part One

Today SevenPonds speaks with Irene Smith, founder and director of Everflowing, an educational program centered around creating a more supportive environment for hospice patients and their healthcare providers. Smith has three decades of experience as an educator and practitioner, focusing primarily … Continue reading

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Pollution Linked to 9 Million Deaths in 2015, Study Shows

Air pollution contributed to the most deaths, followed by water and job-related pollution

A new report released by The Lancet has linked pollution of all kinds to roughly 9 million deaths in 2015. This equates to about 16 percent of total deaths worldwide, with air pollution contributing to the most deaths (6.5 million). … Continue reading

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The Art of the Die-In

Meaningful visual images stir emotions

Imagine this: You’re out for a walk in your favorite park. As you stroll along, you notice that there are more people about than you’re used to seeing. Suddenly, the woman in front of you keels forward and drops to … Continue reading

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Keith Haring’s Paintings Depict Joy and Sorrow

A gay artist gives a distinctive look to his community

Keith Haring, who specialized in contemporary art during the AIDS pandemic, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 4, 1958. He was a gifted artist from an early age, drawing his first inspirations from childhood idols such as Walt Disney … Continue reading

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Pills Can’t Stop the Inevitable: The Candy Art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres

An artist shows his audience the futility of fighting death

The late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres was no stranger to the issue of mortality. In one of his works, he tackled the subject of death from the perspective of HIV/AIDS patients, depicting scenes of empty beds on billboards. Earlier in his … Continue reading

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Seeking Solace in the Landscape

Memory, visibility and healing at the National AIDS Memorial Grove

Landscape is so central to how we see and move through the world that it is often easily overlooked. When we perceive nature as wild and untouched, we seek solace in the vibrant forces at play, finding our lives dwarfed … Continue reading

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