Location: Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
Team: Emelio Barjau, Angel Rivero, Adrian Aguilar, Laura Fontaine, Diego Eumir, Paul Chavez, Mitl Gaxiola & Jaime Sol
The memorial is a timeline that forms a pathway that twists and turns as it tells the AIDS story. From the outside, the labyrinth appears complex and ambivalent. As you descend through the access ramp, you immerse yourself in the history of the disease. A timeline greets you at the beginning of the labyrinth and guides you through it.
The path is made of a digital surface that illustrates the time sequence: from the origin of AIDS in Africa, the first diagnosed patients, the fear, the prejudices, social discrimination, new discoveries and failed attempts at producing a cure, to the recent discoveries that have transformed the disease into a chronic and treatable one, 30 years later. As you wander through it, the path of enlightenment is meant to create insight and awareness. It is ever-changing, as it is constantly updated with new information.