The AIDS exhibition on the 2nd floor is very interesting and has a spectacular design! I felt like I was walking through a point in the United States where there was an immense amount of confusion among the American public. The exhibit has a storyline feeling because the setup allows the story of the first 5 years of AIDS to flow smoothly and clearly. The exhibit’s setup made it easier for me to be interested in the exhibit because if I had a question about something I had seen; it would be answered by the following section in the exhibit. The end of the exhibit has a picture of an advertisement meant to target The Three H’s of AIDS; the Rosa Winkel (German for “Pink Triangle”) a symbol of a pink upside down triangle as a badge of shame used by Nazis in concentration camps to identify homosexual men, but the advertisement at the end of the exhibit uses the triangle with its point facing upward and it says “Silence = Death” underneath it. A person’s voice is the only thing they truly own and if silence is being practiced in this time of AIDS epidemic and spreading across society, the AIDS host is revoking another person’s natural right to a healthy life. A life would be wasted on a disease that could have been saved if the person hadn’t been silent about AIDS in the first place. I was surprised to see how the modern United States (1980s) would use a symbol used by Nazi Germany during World War II. I am also shocked and disappointed to see the symbol used in the United States especially since the United States fought the Nazis in the war as a primary enemy. There are key ideas about life and history mentioned in this one advertisement even though there are only two words and a simple triangle in the advertisement.
Questions to think about:
· Why a triangle?
· Why is the triangle pink?
· What can a triangle represent in relevance to homosexual people?
· Why did the Nazis flip the triangle to point downward?
· Could it be pointing down to represent inferiority and/or oppression?