Carlos Motta Highline project proposal

THE VOID is an AIDS counter-monument hosting public programs and designed by artist Carlos Motta, architect Koray Duman, and writer/organizer Theodore Kerr. Grounded in the image of Milton Glaser’s United Nations-commissioned logo for the early days of the AIDS crisis, the work features 18 months of public programming—monthly performances, rallies, presentations, and community gatherings regarding HIV and related issues such as anti-black bias in healthcare and colonialism.

Initially conceived in January 2020 to address the ongoing AIDS crisis, THE VOID has taken on poignant new meanings in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the social and political issues it has revealed, issues that greatly impact communities affected by AIDS. In June 2020, the artists updated the scope of the project’s public programs to address the intersection of COVID-19 and AIDS.