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‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel will be published by Trolley Books in November 2017 followed by an exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel

14 Oct - 2017


In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking its 30th anniversary. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. Considering the high levels of stigma and fear that existed at the time, the decision of these patients to allow themselves, alongside their families, lovers and friends to be photographed was an act of considerable bravery, while the wards themselves became very special and unique places.
‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel published by Trolley Books, November 2017. Exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel, the original chapel of the Middlesex Hospital every Wednesday and Sunday in November in the lead up to World AIDS day.
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