Featured Exhibit /September 5 , 2009
HIV/AIDS is Still a Killer in the Developing World
Photographs by Willem de Lange
Left with the responsibility of rearing her daughter's children. Eastern Cape, South Africa. Photo by Willem de Lange.
Over 33 million people worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS. The disease has killed more than 25 million people and is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Women and children are particularly vulnerable. Globally, over 15 million children under 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
All over South Africa, grandmothers are holding together affected families. These elderly women, suffering from lack of information, stigma, and poverty, are often the sole breadwinners for their orphaned grandchildren. Photographer Williem de Lange brings us face to face with people in South African who are coping with the disease and its consequences.
"HIV/AIDS is still a silent killer in South Africa. Despite the dangers attached to the disease, it is still very much a hush-hush situation. Getting people to undergo voluntary testing is difficult, as tradition plays a huge role in the lives of South Africa's indigeneous people."
Williem de Lange
SDN Advisor Lori Grinker to Present "Iraq: Scars and Exile"
B&H Event Space, 420 9th Ave,
New York, NY September 21, 3pm-5pm
Lori Grinker will discuss her project, Iraq: Scars and Exile, a photographic journey that captures the physical and emotional wounds inflicted upon a cross-section of individual Iraqis and families by the ongoing war in Iraq. When the war began in 2003, Grinker was embedded on the USNS Comfort Naval hospital ship where both wounded American soldiers and Iraqi civilians were treated for combat-related injuries. At the same time she was completing her 15-year project, AFTERWAR: Veterans From A World In Conflict, published in 2005 (de-MO), with a traveling exhibition <more>
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