This paper co-authored by an artist/activist and a feminist art historian, will present a case study of a multi-disciplinary approach to implement an HIV/AIDS action intervention in targeted communities. The objectives of the training are to assist Phumani Paper projects to become sustainable and to enable participants to reduce the loss and trauma caused by HIV/AIDS affecting their community enterprises. Phumani Paper was set up initially as a government funded poverty alleviation program in seven provinces across South Africa, and presently 17 sites are challenged with survival as viable craft enterprises. Some of those sites have lost up to half their membership as a result the impact of HIV/AIDS. This paper will draw on fifteen years of activism and experience in South Africa. This most recent project is focussed on the use of the visual arts and "PhotoVoice" narratives as a strategy to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in impoverished community projects. We will examine the process and results of a pilot project funded by the Ford Foundation, and implemented by a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team that was conducted in three Phumani Paper craft project sites in July 2006. Part of the success of the pilot can be attributed to the application of Participatory Action Research techniques, which encourage project participants to be co-developers of new knowledge about themselves that can serve to guide social transformation. We will suggest ways that visual and narrative materials when applied as a training intervention can systematically increase the achievement of social change. We argue that social transformation has the most potential when it integrates existing cultural reference points with multi-disciplinary approaches and practices.
|Keywords:||Multi Disciplinary, Creative Practice, Engaged Learning, HIV/AIDS Intervention|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Fine Art, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Professor Contemporary Art History, Brandeis University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA
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