United by AIDS

United by AIDS

An Anthology on Art in Response to HIV / AIDS

HIV / AIDS writes manyy stories in life and in art: a survey of art and activism in response to a severe, global disease




Edited by Raphael Gygax and Heike Munder. With contributions from Douglas Crimp, Alexander García Düttmann, Raphael Gygax, Elsa Himmer, Ted Kerr, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Nurja Ritter

1st edition

, 2019

Text in English


260 pages, 66 color and 4 b/w illustrations

14.5 x 23.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-839-3

In collaboration with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich


The appearance of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the 1980s and its rapid spread around the world has left deep marks in society. The illness itself and its effects on society have also caused manifold responses by artists and activists in many countries.

United by AIDS, published in conjunction with an extensive group show on the topic of loss, remembrance, activism and art in response to HIV/AIDS at Zurich’s Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, sheds light on the multifaceted and complex interrelation between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present. It examines the blurred boundaries between art production and HIV/AIDS activism and showcases artists who played—and still play leading roles in this discourse. Alongside images of artworks and brief texts on the represented artists, the book features voices from the past and present. Essays by Douglas Crimp, Alexander García Düttmann, Raphael Gygax, Elsa Himmer, Ted Kerr, Elisabeth Lebovici ,and Nurja Ritter broaden the view oft he international discourse on HIV/AIDS society’s confrontation with the disease.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Douglas Crimp

Alexander García Düttmann

Raphael Gygax

 ist Kunsthistoriker, Kurator und Autor. Seit 2019 ist er Studiengangsleiter des Bachelor of Arts in Kunst & Medien an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Von 2003 bis 2019 war er Kurator am Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.

Elsa Himmer

Ted Kerr

Elisabeth Lebovici

Heike Munder

 studierte Kulturwissenschaften in Lüneburg und ist Kuratorin und Leiterin des Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich. Sie war Mitbegründerin und künstlerische Co-Leiterin der Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg.

Nurja Ritter