“The jury appreciated it for its strong statement about a disease that could be considered by today’s standards as forgotten, but the stigma of living with HIV is still very real,” Fuller told the guests about Soubiran’s winning piece. “The artist has created an extreme experience through textural, sculptural and olfactory senses. You can’t not be affected by this piece.”
Soubiran, who is dedicated to creating works that bring attention to sexual health and awareness, was thankful to the jury for acknowledging his work, as difficult as it may be for the viewer, or smeller, to interact with.
HIV Home Remedy, which was installed at the FOFA Gallery, was one of 25 different works of art created by bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students at the Annual Graduating Students Exhibition, reflecting the strength and dynamism of the Faculty of Fine Arts.
“With the wealth of talent to choose from and work ranging from installation to sculpture, painting to animation and multimedia to textiles, picking one winner is nearly impossible,” said Fuller. “This year we were lucky enough to award one grand prize and two runners-up.”