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"Portraits of Positive Living"
2005-12-01 until 2006-01-10
Iziko Museums at the Castle of Good
Cape Town, ,
ZA South Africa
To raise awareness with regard to the right of HIV positive people to
anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment and to draw attention to the lives of those
on ARV treatment, a photographic exhibition opens on World Aids Day, 1
December 2005, at Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope. The exhibition consists of 60 portraits of people on ARV treatment,
interspersed with photographs of their homes and the community in which they
live. The photographer, David Chancellor, spent two months in Khayelitsha,
Langa and Nyanga, where he worked closely with staff, volunteers and clients
of the South African Red Cross Society's Community Home Based Care programme
(CHBC), capturing the positive effects ARVs have had on the lives of people
living with HIV.
The Cape Town artist, Kevin Brand, has helped with the design installations
of the exhibition.
Linked to the exhibition are two workshops that will explore prejudice and
stigma and the role of the individual in changing patterns of behavior and
also clarify the ARV treatment programme. The workshops will be facilitated
by the Red Cross's CHBC coordinators and facilitators from SHIKAYA, an
organisation that promotes the work of educators in developing South African
society, based on human rights, democracy, diversity and peace. The
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will also participate as a facilitator.
Ms Mandisa Kalako-Williams, President of the South African Red Cross
Society, has said that access to treatment is a human right and that she
hopes the exhibition will make a contribution to highlighting the positive
effects of ARVs on people's lives. She has described the show as a
celebration of those lives.
The exhibition is the result of collaboration between the South African Red
Cross Society, the British Red Cross and Iziko Museums.
Mother and Daughter: Tambo Village 24/03/05
Image from Living (+) Positive.
Photograph Copyright David Chancellor.
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