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posted Friday, July 20, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 29
Seattle AIDS Memorial Pathway selects lead artist
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Seattle AIDS Memorial Pathway selects lead artist

Community leaders, in partnership with the City of Seattle, are poised to move forward on a plan to create an AIDS memorial on Seattle's Capitol Hill.

In March 2018, The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture issued a call for artists to submit qualifications for the project, which will be a physical place for remembrance and reflection, utilizing technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis and providing a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination.

A five-member, community-based selection panel reviewed the submissions and interviewed three finalists in June. The committee, assisted by community advisers, selected social practice artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law to lead a team of artists to complete the project. Law pursued at MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The impetus for his arts degree was his first-hand experience during the early years of the AIDS crisis in the 1980's and 1990's.

'Much of my work stems from my identity and experience as a gay US citizen of Asian heritage,' says Law. 'Social interaction and community participation are important aspects in my installation work and public art projects. I create work for regular people that examines issues of identity, memory, history and the meaning of community. As a public artist who is interested in socially engaged work, I value collaboration and partnership with community members through collecting ideas, cultural materials, and engaging residents in planning and production of public art.'

'Horatio has created wonderful works of public art in Seattle and other communities,' according to Tom Rasmussen, The AMP's Chair. 'We're thrilled to work with this talented and sensitive artist. There will be many opportunities for public involvement as he begins to develop the art plan for the AMP.'

Horatio Law's public art portfolio includes works created for the City of Tacoma, the Housing Authority of Portland, City of Seattle, Oregon State Hospital, Sisters of the Road, Tri-Met's Portland-Milwaukee Light-Rail Line, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Seattle's Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway is part of the Seattle Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Development, a long-awaited and transformational project for the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Slated to open in mid-2020, The AMP will be located on the north edge of Cal Anderson Park and on the public plaza of the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. The Station will include four buildings and will provide 428 apartments, including 178 affordable apartments, and ground floor retail. The development will also include a community room available to the public and a public plaza that will serve as the home of Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market as well as a venue for other community events.

Information about Horatio Law and the project's history, site selection, and current status is available at TheAMP.org.

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway is supported by the City of Seattle, the Seattle Parks Foundation, Pride Foundation, Lucky 7 Foundation, and individual donors.

About Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland-based installation and public artist. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and came to the US at age 16. Law pursued at MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The impetus for his arts degree was his first-hand experience of the AIDS crisis in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Much of his Social Practice work stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant and a former British colonial subject. His work interrogates the effects of our current culture of consumption and explores the invisible foundation of a community-identity, memory and history. He is interested in the intricate issues created by the long arc of global commerce: From ancient Silk Road trades to our current reliance on cheap labor in developing countries; and how different cultures can exert influence through the things they make for each other. He is equally fascinated by our ability to invest meanings into ordinary objects. A common thread in his projects is the use of unexpected but simple material and imagery to create meaning and metaphor that connect individuals with community and place. His project often includes a strong community process, engaging stakeholders in planning and production of the artwork.

His public art portfolio includes works created for the City of Tacoma, the Housing Authority of Portland, Seattle Public Utilities, Oregon State Hospital, Sisters of the Road, Tri-Met's Portland-Milwaukee Light-Rail Line, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Seattle's Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

About The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway
The AMP, community-driven and -funded, will use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection; utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis; and provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination.

Courtesy of AIDS Memorial Pathway

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