The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc.

The Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc.

From August 1 to 31 2018, the Quebec Gay Archives held an exhibition in the lobby of the Cinéma du Parc in Montréal.

This exhibition, as well as the lecture and film showing of August 15, comprised the “Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc!”, organized to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the organization.  More than 14,000 people participated in the event, with free admission seven days a week.

This exhibition is composed of 26 posters on HIV/Aids, selected from the approximately 600 posters held by the Quebec Gay Archives.  They were chosen to represent a large plurality of experiences, depicting men, women and children of many origins.  The graphic approaches are rich and varied, reflecting their times of creation, their national origins and above all the goals of the organizations which created them.  The selection was made by exhibition coordinators Pierre Pilotte and Emmanuel Galland.

This exhibition was inspired by the work of Ross Higgins (cofounder of the Archives) and Philip Lewis, who in the past created larger scale poster exhibitions drawn from the HIV/Aids collection of the Quebec Gay Archives.

The Cinéma du Parc was evidently the major partner of the « Quebec Gay Archives at the Cinéma du Parc! », but we should also recognize the sponsorships of Fierté Montréal, Fugues and several private donors.

The Quebec Gay Archives thanks Guy L’Heureux for having documented the exhibition.  We also thank Fierté Montréal for kindly sending its official photographer, André Bilodeau, to record the events of the evening of August 15.

Photo Credit: André Bilodeau / Fierté Montréal (upper), Guy L’Heureux / AGQ (down).
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