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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 (FDA) 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, 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 to the FDA’s blood ban and to advocate for equality through the evolving sculpture, Blood Mirror.

 
 

In 2016, 50 PrEP advocates each donated a tube of blood–50 tubes are a full pint, the amount in a standard blood donation–to Blood Mirror.

Viewers can enter Blood Mirror and see themselves reflected through the blood of the 59 donations. The individuals' 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 34-year history of the FDA’s ban and current discriminatory policy.

 

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, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2015

Installation view, Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY, 2015

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 (above), Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY, 2015

Installation view, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2015

Blood Mirror Video 1 and 2, 2015-16 (above)
in collaboration with Leo Herrera and The Carry Nation

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Related Work


Related Work


Untitled, 2015
36 x 12 x 12"

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

Untitled, 2015
36 x 12 x 12"

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

Untitled, 2015 (detail)

Untitled, 2015 (detail)

Untitled, 2015 (detail)

 

Community Pint, 2016
84 x 28 x 2"

50 labelled blood collection tubes, preserved in plexiglass, UV resin

Community Pint, 2016
84 x 28 x 2"

50 labeled blood collection tubes, preserved in plexiglass, UV resin

Community Pint, 2016 (detail)

Community Pint, 2016 (detail)

 

Blood Flag, in collaboration with Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT, 2015-present
84 x 53"

Sublimation print on fabric of red blood cells and thread stained in 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, grommets, additional HIV testing blood samples from 27 individuals.

Blood Flag, in collaboration with Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT, 2015-present
84 x 53"

Sublimation print on fabric of red blood cells and thread stained in 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, grommets, additional HIV testing blood samples from 27 individuals.

Blood Flag, in collaboration with Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT, 2015-present (detail)

Blood Flag, in collaboration with Jonny Cota of SKINGRAFT, 2015-present (detail)

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Blood Equality


Blood Equality


 
 
 

Blood Equality was launched in partnership with FCB Health, GMHC, and the Blood Mirror project to raise awareness of the FDA's discriminatory blood donation policy and advocate for equality.

The Blood Equality Campaign

 
 

Blood Equality at the Hammer Museum 
November 22, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

Co-presented by the Williams Institute

Moderator:
– Mark Joseph Stern, writer, Slate.com

Panelists:
– Jim Halloran, president of TwitterOpen
– Jeffrey Klausner, MD, professor of medicine and public health in the
   UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Epidemiology
– Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC
– Brad Sears, Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law


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

In Collaboration:
– FCB Health
– GMHC
– Leo Herrera
– The Carry Nation


Blood Mirror Panel at Trinity Wall Street
November 2, 2015
New York, NY

Moderator:
– Ryan Campbell

Panelists:
– 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 GMHC and donated blood for the creation of
   Blood Mirror

 


Blood Illuminated at American University Museum
October 6, 2015
Washington, DC

Moderator:
– Mark Joseph Stern, writer, Slate.com

Panelists:
– 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 Schoettes, HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal
– Kelsey Louie, CEO of 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., HIV Specialist, Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic, 
   Medical Supervisor and Blood Mirror donor.

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