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Visiting artist Catherine Gund: Justice needs art

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February 07, 2018

Visiting artist Catherine Gund: Justice needs art

"Art is a way to know that there are other people in the world. Art is a way to hear them, to see them. It takes us away from a unidimensional approach to living and lets us interact and expand."

By Karen Sandstrom

The camera came naturally to filmmaker Catherine Gund, even if it didn’t come lightly.

Back in the 1980s, when the AIDS crisis was regularly in the news, Gund was living in New York City, flexing her social-activism muscle and recording the scenes around her. In this pre-iPhone era, recording video on the go meant lugging around a heavy VHS camcorder.

But Gund was happy to lug. “I wanted to communicate, and someone put a video camera in my hand and I started taping everything,” Gund said. “It became my journal.”

Gund spoke to members of the CIA community during a January...

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