Imaging Intimacy

  • ook compiling my year-long Fulbright project at the Royal College of Art, which addressed social stigma surrounding aging and sexuality using ethnography and design. Published by Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre.
     
    My task was initially framed as an examination into the growing problem of sexually-transmitted infections in older people. This stance, however, tends to reproduce sex-negative stereotypes that silence older adults from talking about sexual health. Working with Stacy Lindau, a leader in geriatric health at the University of Chicago, I created poster campaigns and this publication. The design posits that people of all ages deserve intimacy and that education about the potential for infection should likewise be available to all. The work garnered the attention of major HIV/AIDS organizations that invited me to present insights at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna.