AIDS in southern Africa
'ArtWorks for AIDS'
17 million Africans have died since the Aids epidemic began in the late 1970s, more than 3.3 million of those children. This is the context in which we live. We agree with Marilyn Martin, Director of the South African National Gallery, when she says "the pandemic is everyone's business."
thebody.com is an Aids and HIV information resource, its originators graced with the vision to include links to artists and artworks tackling the topic. Of particular interest is 'ArtWorks for AIDS', a show curated by Martin on the request of the Harvard AIDS Institute (HAI) and Secure the FutureTM. The exhibition (and documentation on this wesbite) consists works by artists from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. Lisa Brice, Willie Bester, Neo Matome David Goldblatt, Jane Alexander and Sue Williamson number among the South Africans.
As an adjunct to the abovementioned site, visit Time magazine's Aids in Africa web project. Allen Ginsberg might have once chanted wild incantations against the conservative publication running our emotional life, but this web project demonstrates an imaginative use of the web's potential. Photographer James Nachtwey's photo essay complements the brutally factual text with equally sobering images.