The arts and communities HIV, harm reduction and human rights expertise, can enable social and policy change. Collaborative community art is a dynamic form of activism, that enables an unvetted insight into the social inequality and lack of cultural democracy within the HIV sector
GloballyAware, Art Advocates AIDS Awareness, Bali, Indonesia
Issues: Community art processes are a proven catalyst, for
direct and unmediated insights into the unique knowledge of HIV/AIDS communities
by represent themselves. Through utilising their authentic expertise in HIV,
Harm Reduction and Human Rights issues, we can enable responsive social and
Description: GloballyAwareArt enables this
change. Using collaborative arts process, HIV affected community tell their
stories as individuals, family members and health service providers/users.
Optimum outcomes require the arts practitioner to be immersed in the community,
work cross-culturally and ensure a safe environment for participants to commit
Since 2006, over 1500 HIV affected people have created truly amazing
artwork in jungles, temples, conferences, studios and villages in 30 countries
worldwide. AIDS08Mexico; GloballyAwareArt exhibition was viewed by 25,000
delegates. “Universal Action Now” was created for the backdrop to AIDSo8
closing ceremony. At ICAAP09Bali “Cremation of Discrimination” was
installed, APNSW09Bangkok “Positive Sex Workers Human Rights” was
created/exhibited, and Artsprocess was the vehicle used to engender Positive Sex
Workers Human Rights
Lessons learned: Exposing hidden truths in a
vibrant, poignant and authentic way as collaborative art narratives leads to
change. HIV affected people show a profound understanding of the complexities of
HIV, pinpointing counterproductive responses, opening dialogue and forming
dynamic networks that advocate for responsive policy shifts to meet their
changing needs. The process is as important as the outcome.
1. Working with IHRA on
7countries2create7collaborative Artworks that address 21yrs of HIV, Harm
Reduction and Human Rights.
2. Developing a HIV retreat in Bali incorporating
Art and psychosocial support; mentoring village leaders to encourage an
understanding HIV, Harm Reduction and Human Rights that replaces myths with
3. Develop research further to validate the importance of the Arts in
AIDS prevention; external documentation into the process.
4. Creating a body
of work that addresses concerns of PLHA in the Asian/Pacific Region.
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