Artists4Life exhibition opens in Paris todayAn exhibition of the works of more than 30 prominent international artists who have lent their support to a project aimed at combating HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination opens in the French capital today.
The project, “Artists4Life”, is a joint undertaking by UNESCO and Dessine l’Espoir, a non-governmental organization working to improve access to information, psychological and nutritional support to people living with HIV and AIDS, in southern Africa.
The centrepiece of the project is an exhibition of works contributed by the participating artists* focused on the theme “I Love You Positive or Negative”. This is also the theme of an international campaign initiated by Dessine l’Espoir in 2005, promoting care and support for men and women living with HIV and AIDS.
A selection of works from this exhibition will be included in the artparis art fair, which opens today at the Grand Palais in the French capital (19h00). The entire exhibition will be presented at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild from 2 to 7 May 2006. It will be then travel to various African, European and American cities.
In an effort to reach the most concerned populations in sub-Saharan Africa, the art works will also be reproduced on posters for circulation in townships, schools, cultural centres and the Alliance Francaise network throughout the region.
Selected works will also be used by women living with HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa to design other various awareness tools, such as t-shirts and bags. Proceeds from the sale of these items will finance activities such as counselling, peer educator and counsellor training and youth sensitization.
* Participating Artists:
Joël Andrianomearisoa, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard, François Boisrond, Samuel Bollendorff, Chantalpetit, Robert Combas, Henri Cueco, Nathalie Decoster, Richard Di Rosa, Guy Du Toit, Patricia Erbelding, Antoine Giacomoni, Elodie Lachaud, Nicolaas Maritz, Julie Mehretu, Miss Tic, Ricardo Mosner, Malcome Payne, Alicia Paz , Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Jean-Marc De Pelsemaeker, Armin Pflanz, Christian Rouchouse, Antonio Segui, Yoyo Sorlin, Tony Soulié, Sue Williamson, Duncan Wylie, Yamada