The 80's are already history, a history of moments of youth (for baby boomers, of course). After the revolutions of the 1960s and the hedonistic disappointment of the 1970s, the 1980s arrived. And with them the awareness that having wanted to enjoy freedom and live without limits had its risks.
I assume that any of the baby boomers reading this has (or had) someone they know who was diagnosed "positive" sooner rather than later. Positive, it was a terrible diagnosis in the 1st years 80. It meant that in full youth, you had a measured life ahead of you and that your end would be atrocious.
It is not worth detailing how and why AIDS began, or how it was spread.
We just saw that Allen Ginsberg's words, written 30 years earlier, suddenly made sense to everyone:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterics naked, dragging themselves through the streets at dawn in search of an angry prick...
At the end of the 80s, the graffiti artist Keith Haring (already sick with AIDS, he would die the following year in New York), arrives in Barcelona after passing through the ARCO fair. And he decides to paint a mural in the place -according to his words- "... where I found the largest number of syringes lying on the ground...".
Cesar de Melero, DJ at the Arts Studio nightclub in Barcelona, lives those moments with the artist and films the experience:
In this article, the newspaper El País described what happened: The place with the most syringes on the ground: when Keith Haring visited Spain in 1989 and confronted the owner of a brothel
Below we can see this video, filmed by Cesar de Melero, where Keith Haring is painting the mural:
By clicking here you can enjoy the DOCUMENTARY «30 ANYS POSITIUS» OF TV3