A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

visual arts
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

ARTISTS ACTION AROUND AIDS (article first published : 2003-06-25)

An Exhibition curated by the HIVAN Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking will be held at the Durban Art Gallery from July 23 to August 15.

The Artists Action Around AIDS exhibition explores the role of the visual arts in the struggle against the pandemic together with the need to reassess the language of the cultural arts as a dynamic force not only as regards a better dispensation for infected and affected communities (social and political change and education) but also as a means of understanding, exploration, healing, growth and transformation.

The “physical face of AIDS” can in many instances be traced to the dedicated attention of artists as an expression of their broader commitment to archiving, documenting, exploring and expressing the human condition.

The personal and collective psychology surrounding HIV/AIDS reflect the contradictions and paradoxes of a disease that on the one hand evokes fear, stigma, alienation, isolation but also manifests emotional and social responses of celebration, courage, determination, hope, faith, and social upliftment.

The exhibition will feature The Rural woman’s Craft development project “Siyazama” which comprises beaded dolls and woven telephone wire baskets.. Sezenjani Ngengculazi (what are we doing about AIDS) is a selection of works from the African Art Centre including prints, paintings, soft sculpture and carving.

Also on show wil be Paper Prayers – AIDS awareness through the of print making (hand-made paper strips that refer to the ancient Japanese tradition of offering painted strips of paper as prayers for healing). The Living Openly Portrait project is a black and white documentary photographic exhibition comprising 31 portraits with accompanying text. The works document the images (portraits) and perspectives (interviews) of HIV positive South Africans who are openly living with HIV/AIDS.

Body maps/memory books are 12 large body cut outs made by HIV positive women who use the “maps” to depict distress memories. The HIV/AIDS Billboard Print portfolio presented by Artists for Human Rights is made up of 20 works on paper by artists from Britain, Namibia, South Africa, and Mozambique. There will also be a large-scale sculptural installation by artist Fiona Kirkwood.

The exhibition will coincide with The SA AIDS Conference taking place at ICC Durban from August 3 to 6.

HIVAN will host a workshop Artists Action Around AIDS on the University of Natal campus on August 4. The workshop will include theoretical and practical aspects with the themes Myth, Gender and Children. Activities and presentations will focus on the visual and the performing arts. Those interested in participating should contact Bren on 083 673 4569.

Also taking place on August 4 and hosted by HIVAN will be a special performance by Pieter-dirk Uys of his production Foreign AID at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Donation R30 per ticket with all proceeds to the Sinekatemba HIV/AIDS choir who will also perform on the evening. Book through Computicket or at the theatre. More details from Bren on 083 673 4569.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart