The Silence That Silences

Donald Kinney and Robert Kinney

1990, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


The Silence That Silences is an exploration of the representation of people living with AIDS as seen in an exhibition of photographs by New York artist, Rosalind Solomon. Through fictional narrative, documentary footage, and analysis, the work investigates how representations of people living with AIDS are constructed in mainstream news reporting and art exhibitions; how these image constructions determine, in part, our responses to both people living with AIDS and the larger epidemic. Proposed in the work is the idea that the photographs, contrary to popular opinion, rather than reflecting an objective document,are imbued with meaning by both the producer and their currency as images of meaning in the culture.

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