The Nightingale and the Rose — A book on AIDS discrimination

by Sihan Wu

This book was designed to speak for those AIDS patients who suffered from the stigma around them. I wove the well-known fairytale The Nightingale and the Rose with the discrimination issue on AIDS patients.The Nightingale and the Rose ended up with a significant finale that the nightingale devoted her life (through using her blood) to dye a rose into crimson for the boy who dedicated the rose to a girl yet ultimately he got rejected.
In modern context, many of us have become the martyrs of the blindness that AIDS patients should be stigmatized. The sure thing is that we suffered from the backfire of the discrimination, the isolation, and the stigma that we put on those vulnerable AIDS positives. The book questions such discrimination and harbingers the outcome that all of us will be facing.
Each page is embedded with actual and printed rose thorns, viewers would be tempted to experience a quick prick while reading the content collected from the confessions of AIDS patients. Real blood is scanned and printed on each page to intensify the reading experience.


Silver in Book Design 2020, Non-Pro

Created by:

Design Director

Sihan Wu

Company/University or Design School

Savannah College of Art and Design


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