Self Taught/Self Represented: Homeless Women and AIDS

Self Taught/Self Represented: Homeless Women and AIDS poster, December 1, 1990

Co-produced by Visual AIDS, the Self Taught/Self Represented: Homeless Women and AIDS poster was created by the Artist & Homeless Colaborative lead by founder Hope Sandrow and artists Juli Carson and Aaron Keppel.  The posters were distributed by Visual AIDS for Day Without Art on December 1, 1990.

The poster was created in response to weekly presentations by the Women's Health Education Project and ACT UP's housing committee. "The women gave us the content and we provided the design," states Keppel. To write the poster's lengthy text the group discussed AIDS issues. "They didn't always go along with every subject we brought up, but there was agreement about focusing on the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] and prochoice," Carson noted. One question this savvy poster asks is, "Homeless people can vote, why can't they go into clinical trials?"