THERE IS LIFE BEYOND HIV
“In Khayelitsha (Cape Town) over 20% of people aged 15-19 are HIV+. In spite of enormous challenges, these young people are living active, creative lives, proving that HIV is in no way a death sentence.
The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in collaboration with local artists, musicians, activists and young people living positively, will help co-ordinate the painting of four giant murals on the side of OR Tambo Hall, the largest, most well-known building in Khayelitsha (previously hosting the local World Aids Day venue), and highly visible from the N1 highway out of Cape Town.
A woman and a man from the community both activists and very outspoken have been portrayed in the Mural.”- Taken from MSF press release
We worked together 6 days non-stop to complete the artwork and through the process I shared large-scale mural techniques and processes with them like the grid system so they can now produce more murals of their Lino works in the future. And with me they shared over 80 combined years of wisdom and art practice.
Makhulu and Sydelle Willow Smith are making a short film about the process which MSF hopes to be aired on MTV and other channels to reach a wider audience.
Its an honor to be working with these guys. There work deserves to be painted massive! (Me and Velile are already starting another commission for the city of Cape Town in Langa next week.)
More images here:http://www.freddysam.com/murals/there-is-life-beyond-hiv/