Silence=Death Collective

The Silence=Death Collective was formed in 1986 to raise awareness about the devastating impact of the AIDS crisis. Together, the group’s six members designed a poster that was rapidly wheat-pasted across New York City. The powerful graphic soon became a symbol of the fight against AIDS at protests around the world.

ACT UP participates in a candlelight vigil the in DC the night before the "SEIZE CONTROL OF THE FDA" action at the Food and Drug Administration Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland in October, 1988.
Poster with Donald Moffett. Wheatpasted in New York. 1988.
ACT-UP Demo Federal Plaza June 30, 1987
Original poster wheatpasted on street before Act Up. Photo by Oliver Johnston. Locations: Boy Bar, Pyramid Club, New Museum, West Village, Chelsea, TIme Square, Upper West Side. Late February, 1987
Federal Plaza June 1987
First Act UP Fundraising Letter. Unopened envelope. From late 1987
Avram on right, at Foley Square 2nd civil disobedience in new york. That silence = Death T shirt is at Fales. Avram was arrested for civil disobedience. Looking for national targets. Donna Binder took other photographs from this day
ACT UP has a die-in during the Gay Pride Parade in New York City in June, 1990.


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