November 9th, 2009


I was privileged to document the opening events of the Not Alone exhibition at Iziko’s Slave Lodge and Castel of Good Hope.

International artists take a stand by being involved in the MAKE ART STOP AIDS project.Not Alone is a traveling exhibition, curated by Carol Brown and David Gere featuring the work of artists from Brazil, the United States, India and South Africa. Aids activist, actor and author, Pieter-Dirk Uys was a guest speaker at the opening.

The “Keiskamma Altarpiece”, celebrates the renewed hope of life given to the community of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape, after being provided with access to antiretroviral treatment. This spectacular artwork measuring 4.2 m x 6.8 m has been embroidered, beaded and appliquéd by 120 women in the district was exhibited at the Slave Lodge. One of the iconic works exhibited at the Castle of Good Hope, “Medicine Man”, was made up of over 300 medicine bottles and syringes used by Daniel Goldstein and John Kapellas who have lived HIV-Positive for over 20 years.

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