Several years ago, I began a project that has culminated in an art in context exhibit, Lizinga Lemandla Ami: The Measure of My Strength © 10 This exhibit focuses on creating awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the women and children of Swaziland, Africa. To this end, I traveled to Swaziland with Bridget and Eric Pipkin where together we witnessed the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This horrible virus and all the secondary diseases that prey upon weakened immune systems are killing entire generations of Swazi people. Our goal for this trip was to gather stories and images of women and children. The research we collected has been used to develop a two-part exhibit, Lizinga Lemandla Ami: The Measure of My Strength © 10 that opens in October 2010 at the IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City. The first gallery will exhibit a series of my sculptures, and Bridget and Eric’s photography, along with narrative panels. Every aspect of this exhibit was created to relate the conditions of women in Swaziland. The second gallery will host the Gigi’s Kids’ Exhibit. This space will consist of Bridget and Eric’s images of 24 children from Gigi’s Place, Manzini, Swaziland, displayed with artworks by 24 individual artists who were inspired by these children.
This website has been designed so that you can learn more about these exhibits, and the organizations that will benefit from them.
You can learn here how your organization can host Lizinga Lemandla Ami: The Measure of My Strength © 10 and how to create your own secondary exhibit so that awareness and funding for the needs in Swaziland will continue.
See the faces and images from Swaziland and discover how to order the art book that was developed for this exhibit.
I believe contemporary art developed as art in context can function as a powerful storyteller. As such, may what you see here challenge and encourage you to participate; become an agent of change, so that together we might save a generation.