Wits Faculty of Health Sciences to commemorate World Aids Day
The globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, which is on exhibit at the Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits, asks the question: Can we live with HIV/AIDS? More importantly how can we reframe the perspectives on HIV/ AIDS cure or management in favour of seeing and supporting those affected to really live.
David Sepeke Sekgwele, Collection Manager at the Adler Museum, says that hosting this exhibition provides an important platform for social dialogue for the community on World AIDS Day, when it will also host a World AIDS Day commemoration.
“By hosting this incredible exhibition which features photographs, sculptures, and live storytelling at the Adler Museum we are showing our solidarity for people living with HIV and commemorating those who have died. We also want the community, medical experts and students all to engage with the art, with the Faculty’s research so we can bring about new responses to healthcare. Posing new and different questions about disease and human behaviour are really important to pioneering areas of research about HIV/AIDS,” says Sekgwele.
Through Positive Eyes is a unique project which puts cameras into the hands of HIV-positive people themselves, encouraging them to show their faces and daily lives in response to stigma and locating their words and images at the heart of the response to the disease.
Since 2007, 122 HIV-positive people in nine major cities have taken part in this participatory photography project, contributing to an online archive of photographs and mini-documentaries.
The project is co-directed by South African-born and London-based photographer and AIDS activist Gideon Mendel. He has chronicled HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa since 1993.
The commemoration of World AIDS DAY at the Adler Museum of Medicine will take place at 17h30 and will include key research collections on HIV/ AIDS , as well as showcase related research from the Faculty of Health Sciences’ research units and entities - from self- testing to adolescent adherence to sex- worker perspectives.
Hamish Neill, Project Manager at Drama for Life recalls how in 2012, the Through Positive Eyes came to Johannesburg. In what was a unique addition and evolution of the global project, Drama for Life, an arts centre for social transformation and healing based at the University of the Witwatersrand were invited on board. “We used the unique applied theatre techniques to transform the stories shared by the Through Positive Eyes storytellers into the first ever Through Positive Eyes theatre performance. The play toured Gauteng, Mpumalanga and even went across Botswana in 2013, taking the much needed stigma-breaking narrative to directly affected communities. We are once again honoured to be part of the Through Positive Eyes exhibition at the Adler Museum.”
The exhibition is a project of UCLA’s Art and Global Health Centre and is co-curated by David Gere (Los Angeles), Stan Pressner (New York) and Carol Brown (Durban)
Through Positive Eyes exhibition will run at the Adler Museum of Medicine until end March 2017
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