Avram Finkelstein of ACT UP and Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner of Dyke Action Machine! in Conversation with Sara Reisman
Using the language of propaganda, political campaigning, and advertising, ACT UP‘s Avram Finkelstein and Dyke Action Machine!‘s Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner have had a pronounced visual impact on New York City-based artistic activism over the last three decades. Tackling different issues affecting the LGBT community, both groups operated a practice of direct action during a period of massive transition in the wake of AIDS and the gay rights movements. Avram Finkelstein designed the iconic Silence = Death poster, which promoted political action on the part of the gay community while DAM!’s public art project was conceived as a series of posters expressing the lesbian community’s ambivalence towards the gay rights movement’s push for same-sex marriage and parenthood, among other hetero-normative lifestyle aspirations.