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View of “Lili Reynaud-Dewar,” 2015. From left: My epidemic, 2015; My epidemic (a body as public as a book can be), 2015.

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

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View of “Lili Reynaud-Dewar,” 2015. From left: My epidemic, 2015; My epidemic (a body as public as a book can be), 2015.

When this year’s Venice Biennale director, Okwui Enwezor, asked Lili Reynaud-Dewar to propose a project, she produced My Epidemic (small modest bad blood opera), 2015. The theme of this “opera” is a reflection on AIDS, starting with a famous case from the beginning of the 2000s, when the French writer Guillaume Dustan was attacked by Didier Lestrade, a founding member of ACT UP Paris, for claiming that it was his personal and legal right to have unsafe sex and write about it.

Reynaud-Dewar, who teaches at HEAD (Haute École d’Art et de Design) in Geneva, often works with different partners as part of her artistic practice. For the Venice project, her students were invited to participate by joining her and the composer Nicolas Murer in singing the libretto she had written for Murer’s score. This consisted of an imaginary discussion between, on the one hand, a group of activists trying

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