The Siyazama Project enables rural traditional craftswomen from KwaZulu-Natal to express their concerns about AIDS and all of its complexities through their beautiful beaded cloth dolls and beadwork.
The project and its producers communicate and spread awareness on HIV/AIDS through creative workshops, local and international exhibitions, museum collections, publications and on-going research activities. Project leader, Kate Wells, has compiled Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education, an attractive, full-colour book to illustrate the main collaborators’ role in Siyazama to date.
‘The Siyazama Project effectively melds the arts, public health and the power of social networks into a culturally sensitive and strategically effective challenge to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. This is what arts and health is all about.’ – Gary Christenson, M.D., University of Minnesota and President of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.
About the editor
Kate Wells is an Associate Professor and Senior Graphic Design Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology.
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