Fiona Kirkwood

Fiona Kirkwood is a South African artist who lives in
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She works in fibre and mixed media
to produce contemporary sculptures and installations

Artist's Statement

This installation at the 13th World AIDS Conference in Durban showed a gender and race neutral terminally ill HIV/AIDS patient, whose hand is symbolically reaching out for help. The head of the patient is composed of symbols and shapes of the HIV virus, which I have personally observed through a microscope. The beaded HIV/AIDS ribbons on the arms and body symbolize my support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The condom quilt on the bed, made up of 840 condoms, represents the protective quality of the condom and reinforces the need for a continuing HIV/AIDS prevention programme.

On the floor is information concerning HIV/AIDS including medical literature and press cuttings which I gathered over a two year period.

The video adds a multi-layered meaning to the work.

Installation: Pandemic Patient II (1998 - 2000)