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Blood Mirror


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Blood Mirror


In 1983, in an early response to the AIDS crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration implemented a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. More than 30 years later, in December 2015, the FDA updated their policy to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only if they are celibate for a full year. There is no celibacy requirement for heterosexuals, regardless of their risk for contracting HIV. A UCLA Williams Institute study found that lifting the ban completely could save up to a million lives annually.

In 2014, artist Jordan Eagles enlisted a group of nine extraordinary gay, polysexual, and transgender men, each with a unique life story, to donate their blood in protest of the FDA’s ban for the sculpture, Blood Mirror and additional works. In 2016, 50 PrEP advocates gathered in protest to donate their blood to Blood Mirror. Each individual donated a tube of blood–50 tubes equals a full pint, the amount in a standard blood donation–which was collected into the ‘community pint.' Viewers can enter Blood Mirror and see themselves reflected through the blood of the fifty-nine donations. This blood has been encased in resin and is fully preserved, ensuring that the organic material will not change over time. A totem of science and equality, Blood Mirror is an archive of the donors’ blood that confronts the 33-year history of the FDA’s ban and current discriminatory policy.

Installation view, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

Blood Mirror, 2015-present
84 x 28 x 28"

59 human blood donations, blood of Oliver Anene, Blue Bayer, Howard Grossman, M.D., Kelsey Louie, Lawrence D. Mass, M.D., Reverend John Moody, Loren Rice, Ty Spicha, CPT Anthony Woods, 50 PrEP advocates, preserved in UV resin

Medical Supervisor, Howard Grossman, M.D.

Installation view, Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY

 

Detail

Detail, interior view

Detail, side view. Each strata is the preserved blood of individual donors.

 

Detail

Installation view, Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY

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Donors


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Donors


IN MARCH 2016, 50 GAY PrEP ADVOCATES GIVE BLOOD TO PROTEST THE FDA'S BAN ON BLOOD DONATIONS FROM GAY & BISEXUAL MEN - Film by Leo Herrera, Sculpture by Jordan Eagles, Music by The Carry Nation

46 of these men agreed to be part of the #bloodequality campaign, a collaboration between the Blood Mirror project, FCB Health and GMHC.

Installation View, Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY

Installation View, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. 

Blood Mirror Raw Footage (12-21-14, 3-15-15), 2015 (44:30, in collaboration with Leo Herrera

This work documents the interviews and blood donations of each of the nine blood donors in this project.  Each of the donors has a unique perspective or expertise that helps explain the flawed nuances of the FDA's policy. 

 

After previewing a selection of the raw footage, MSNBC commissioned Herrera to create a short film for its docuseries Shift. The 6-minute video below originally aired on MSNBC.com and includes additional footage of Eagles creating the sculpture Blood Mirror, with an original musical score by NYC based DJ duo, The Carry Nation. This video premiered three days before World Blood Donor's Day, (June 14, 2015) and during the FDA's 60-day Public Comment Period.

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Medical Waste


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Medical Waste


Untitled, 2015
36 x 12 x 12"

Blood bags, blood collection tubes, brushes, medical protective gear, preserved in plexiglass, UV resin

Installation view, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. 

 

Community Pint, 2016
84 x 28 x 2"

Blood collection tubes, preserved in plexiglass, UV resin

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Blood Flag/Microscope


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Blood Flag/Microscope


Blood Flag, 2015 (edition of 9), in collaboration with Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT)
84 x 53"

Sublimation print on fabric, grommets, thread stained in the blood of Oliver Anene, Blue Bayer, Howard Grossman, M.D., Kelsey Louie, Lawrence D. Mass, M.D., Reverend John Moody, Loren Rice, Ty Spicha, CPT Anthony Woods

 

Microscopic image, red blood cells

Untitled, 2015 (in collaboration with Joseph Osmundson)
Microscope, glass slide with Giemsa stained red blood cells of Oliver Anene, Blue Bayer, Howard Grossman, M.D., Kelsey Louie, Joseph Osmundson Lawrence D. Mass, M.D., Reverend John Moody, Loren Rice, Ty Spicha, CPT Anthony Woods

The print on Blood Flag comes from this microscopic image taken of the combined red blood cells. Eagles soaked thread in the blood of the nine men, which Cota then sewed by hand into Blood Flag. These works pay homage to the patriotism associated with blood donation and references scientific advances in the ability to screen blood.

Installation view, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

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Public Programming


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Public Programming


Blood Illuminated, Public Program, October 6, 2015

Moderated by Mark Joseph Stern of Slate.com

Prof. I. Glenn CohenFaculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics at Harvard Law School and one of the world’s leading experts on the intersection of bioethics and the law. 

Scott SchoettesHIV Project Director at Lambda Legal

Kelsey Louie, CEO at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and Blood Mirror donor

Oliver Anene, LGBT Activist from Nigeria on political asylum in the US and  Blood Mirror donor.

Howard Grossman, M.D., Internist and former Director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and Medical Supervisor and Blood Mirror donor.

 

Exhibition Partners

Exhibition Partners

 

Blood Mirror Public Program, Trinity Wall Street, November 2, 2015

The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Community Outreach at Trinity Church, board member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship

The Rev. John Moody, served at Trinity Wall Street for forty years and donated blood for the creation of Blood Mirror

Eric Sawyer, UNAIDS Civil Society Partnership Advisor, co-founder of ACT UP

Kelsey Louie, CEO of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and donated blood for the creation of Blood Mirror

 

World Blood Donor Day Celebration, the High Line, New York, NY, June 14, 2016

An evening of interactive art projections by Jordan Eagles, film screenings by Leo Herrera, portraits by Harold Julian, music by The Carry Nation, and an opportunity to become a part of the #BloodEquality campaign to raise awareness of FDA's discriminatory policy banning blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

Presented in partnership with the Blood Mirror Project, GMHC, and FCB Health