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Conor Collins made late Princess Diana’s portrait using HIV+ve blood for a special reason

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 July 2018, 12:37 IST

Conor Collins, a famous artist shared a portrait on social media of the late Princess Diana. Everyone loved Princess Diana, and were amazed by her beauty but this portrait is a special one, as it was made using HIV positive blood and diamond dust.

In a Twitter thread that has gone viral and continues to gain praise from people across the world, the artist revealed his motives behind the project.

Corroborating Collins’ tweet, a report by BBC says Princess Diana shook hands with a man diagnosed as HIV positive in April 1987. She sent across a powerful message aiming to thwart stereotypes and stigma associated with those diagnosed as HIV positive.

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This is why Collins chose to create the portrait of the late princess. He chose the blood so as to challenge the stigma that continues to lurk around those suffering from the illness and to bring in a breakthrough in society’s perception that continues to be ridden by myths and an archaic mindset.

This is his portrait of Princess Diana.

Here are some of the responses his work garnered.

Talking to Indy100, Collins said “People have been getting behind the message and sharing it loads. I want to get the message out there as much as I can – the stigma and shame must come to an end.” “I think the most common myth that’s still prevalent today is that HIV is a death sentence. When the epidemic rose and the world started paying attention in the 1980s, so little was understood about the virus, how it was transmitted and how to treat it. The lack of knowledge, funding and the stigma surrounding HIV led to untold numbers of deaths,” he added.

Meanwhile, here is a photo of the United States’ President Donald Trump that he made using all his his “sexist, ignorant and bigoted statements”.

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First published: 20 July 2018, 12:37 IST
 
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