Wheat-paste inkjet on paper
Always questioning realities that we often take for granted, Sebastian ErraZuriz finds himself investigating the statistics of parallel studies to help illuminate possible new theories. As an artist he feels a strong social responsibility to visually illustrate issues that the population can sometimes overlook. After years of opposing the ban on condoms by the Catholic Church, it occurred to ErraZuriz that there might be a correlation between religious positions on contraceptive measures and the transmission rates of HIV. Searching for statistics on both the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the predominant religions in each of the most infected countries, ErraZuriz was able to construct a map that illustrated surprising correlations between Christian countries and those affected with HIV. The maps presented side by side show an incredible visual story regarding the artist’s investigation into this issue. It would be completely irresponsible to establish a definitive correlation without further studies, but the eerie coincidence of a higher spread of AIDS in predominately Christian countries demands further review.