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In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight: A Women’s History of HIV/AIDS in Chicago


In Fall 2015, students from the University of Cincinnati worked with the women of WIHS Chicago to present their stories as a public and collective history. This exhibition, In Plain Sight, shows that women living with HIV have moved from the margins of what was once a deadly epidemic to becoming survivors and history makers.


In the news:

“Exhibition Inspired by Chicago Women’s HIV Stories” from UIC News Center

“UIC Exhibit Shares Stories of Chicago-area Women Living with HIV” on WBEZ’s Morning Shift

“HIV Positive Chicago Women Share Oral Histories in New UIC Exhibit” on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

“In Plain Sight: Shining a Spotlight on Women Living with HIV” from AIDS Foundation of Chicago



History Moves:
Jennifer Brier, Project Director
Matthew Wizinsky, Lead Designer
Catherine Jett, Research Assistant
Marie Rowley, Research Assistant

Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), Chicago
Mardge Cohen, M.D., Principal Investigator
Kathleen Weber, Project Director
Ellen Almirol, Assistant Project Director

University of Cincinnati School of Design Students:
Kimberly Berk
John Cardosi
Patrick Dierker
McKenna Fryman
Danielle Grimes
Mykala Hayes
Joshua Hill
Lindsey Kincaid
Alex Kirschner
Kara Lam
Elizabeth Maffey
Ramey Morris
Stephanie Schmidt
Theresa Ware
Skylar Wells
Clinton Wray

Fabrication Partners:
Simple Wood Goods

Funding Provided By:
With the support and encouragement of Jane M. Saks




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