29 October 2015 - 11 January 2016
‘Pug Virus’, a sculpture by British artist John Walter, explores the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. This sculpture is characteristic of the artist's colourful and carnivalesque approach to the subject.
The four metre-high inflatable head is sewn in pink ripstop nylon and is based on one of a series of 3D printed ‘virus heads’ that Walter has made.
‘Pug Virus’ is Walter’s attempt to re-envision HIV in our current era of highly effective antiretroviral therapy, in contrast to representations of the virus during the 'AIDS' crisis in the 1980s.
The sculpture is part of Walter's exhibition, Alien Sex Club, which can be seen at Camp and Furnace as part of Homotopia Festival.
Inflating Pug Virus!