Using personal stories to tell the history of HIV and AIDS

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THE KwaMuhle Museum, 130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban is hosting South African Voices:  Towards a Museum of HIV Memory and Learning, a legacy project of AIDS2016.

South African Voices strives to tell the story of our HIV history in a manner that is authentic, elegant, sensitive and holistic. It marks the start of a South African collection of artefacts, artistic, historic and photographic items that pay tribute to people affected by HIV.

The collected items pay tribute to those who suffered and succumbed, and those who live with HIV every day in South Africa.
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Durban’s Umcebo Design creates art for Aids

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Durban Actor Nhlakanipho Manqele encourages groups of young people to participate in The Butterfly Project – one of the fringe art events of AIDS2016 which encourages youth to envisage an AIDS free generation. Nhlakanipho Manqele plays all-knowing Owl in KickstArt’s adaptation of Winnie the Pooh over the July school holidays at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus. Pic: Publicity Matters

Respected Durban art makers, Umcebo Design, is involved in two participative art projects as part of AIDS2016 – Light of Hope, an enormous chandelier with individually-beaded leaves which pays tribute to people touched by HIV/Aids; and a youth project envisioning an AIDS free-generation, dubbed The Butterfly Project.

Both projects involve community participation and both are made using recycled plastics –  family-sized yoghurt tubs and ice cream containers. Continue reading