Since 1986, each Gay Games has displayed international Names Project Exhibition Patchwork Quilts.
The Names Project is neither an art nor a decoration. With its imposing size of 3,60m on 3,60m, its purpose of each Names Patchwork quilt is to draw public attention to the AIDS epidemic and breast cancer.
Each patchwork quilt is made of several panels. Each panel is designed by a person or persons, in memory of one or more of person deceased from AIDS or breast cancer. The support is a fabric surface on which anything goes: paint, indelible inscriptions, sewing, embroidery, sewn items, and photos. This panel must include at a minimum the name of the deceased.
In 2018, many of these quilts will be exhibited in the Hall of City Hall tapestries to keep alive the memory of those who died after fighting against these diseases. The panels also help fight exclusion and discrimination, allowing families wishing to affirm the true cause of their death, and to work in greater visibility for awareness.
This symbolic space of reflection and emotion also allows friends and relatives of those who died to grieve differently, sharing their pain.