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Mapping the Body Workshop, Exploring HIV Through Art
by Tasha Riley


January 05, 2011

As part of AIDS Vancouver We Care Red Ribbon Month a series of presentations exploring the current reality of HIV/AIDS were given by Dr. Tasha Riley, Prevention and Education Coordinator for AIDS Vancouver

The workshop, "Mapping the Body: Exploring HIV Through Art", originally took place Tue, Nov 16th, during the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign at UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.

Workshop Synopsis:
This talk focuses on two movements that have explored HIV through art: the NAMES Project Foundation, the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Body Mapping. Launched in San Francisco in June 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt now has more than 44,000 3" x 6" panels and is the largest standing memorial of HIV/AIDS in the world. Body Mapping originated in South Africa as a way for individuals to trace the personal, social, geographical, political and emotional experience of living with HIV. Activists have since organized Body Mapping workshops around the world as a way to counteract the stigma and discrimination all too often associated with HIV. These two movements demonstrate how art can promote awareness and political action, and the evocative role art can play when it comes to understanding HIV/AIDS.

If you are interested in organizing your own workshop, please contact Tasha Riley at: tashar@aidsvancouver.org

Producer: Debbie Douez, Owner of Video4Web Productions. http://www.video4webproductions.com/V4W/Home.html

Workshop presented by AIDS Vancouver / CHIR (Canadian Institute for Health Research) and UBC Continuing Studies.


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