Many artists use their talent to educate viewers and advocate for causes that are important to them. Keith Haring designed the poster shown above in 1989 during the AIDS public health crisis. At the time, public awareness of AIDS was limited, and many people had false ideas about it. People who had or were at risk of getting AIDS were afraid to talk about it for fear of discrimination. Meanwhile, the virus that causes AIDS was spreading quickly.
Haring’s poster touches on all these ideas. He shows three stylized figures in iconic positions that mean “see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing.” Above and below the figures, Haring adds powerful text.
Haring, who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, created the poster to help people feel comfortable talking about AIDS. Through this poster, the artist aims to destigmatize AIDS and raise awareness.