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Poster - There's only one pullover this photograph should be allowed to sell
  • There's only one pullover this photograph should be allowed to sell
    Dibb, Andrew, born 1955
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There's only one pullover this photograph should be allowed to sell

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dibb, Andrew, born 1955 (designer)
    Frare, Therese, born 1958 (photographer)
    ACT UP (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shaun Cole

  • Museum number:

    E.1905-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 182

The poster, designed to promote 'safe sex', is part of a campaign to encourage the use of condoms to reduce the risks of sexually transmitted infection and disease. It was produced by ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), an organisation dedicated to promoting AIDS awareness, and the source of many similarly thought-provoking poster campaigns.

This poster is openly critical of the Benetton clothing company's advertising campaign, which used a 1990 photograph by Therese Frare showing AIDS activist David Kirby on his deathbed. The ACT UP poster states that such an image should be used not in the cause of selling jumpers, but in aid of promoting a another kind of 'pullover'--the condom.

Physical description

The poster incorporates and questions the ethics of a Benetton (Italian clothing company) advertisement which appropriates a photograph of AIDS activist David Kirby on his death bed.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1992 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Dibb, Andrew, born 1955 (designer)
Frare, Therese, born 1958 (photographer)
ACT UP (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions

There's only one pullover/ this photograph/ should be used to sell.
Inscription; decoration; English; centre; 1992

SILENCE = DEATH. ACT UP.
Textual information; English; lower centre; 1992

Dimensions

Width: 23.3 cm, Height: 31.6 cm

Descriptive line

Poster by Andrew Dibb issued by ACT-UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power), 'There's only on pullover this photograph should be allowed to sell', offset lithograph, Great Britain, 1992

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1992

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Half-tone offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Sexuality; Death; Condom; AIDS; Suffering

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Posters; Gender and Sexuality

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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