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Dec 8, 2017

Capturing the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Art

Five young artists used their talents to create works of art to show why HIV/AIDS patients have a right to medical access.  On Thursday, the National AIDS Commission donated the paintings to five partner organizations: UNDP, UNICEF, B.C.C.I., Digicell and the Special Envoy for Women and Children.  News Five’s Andrea Polanco tells us more about the initiative that was a part of the World Aids Day.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

In celebration of World AIDS Day on December first, the National Aids Commission invited five young artists to artistically portray their interpretation of the disease using red, black and white colors. Their artwork was officially handed-over to partner agencies on Thursday.


Arthur Usher

Arthur Usher, Communications & Programs Officer, NAC

“The artists finish the work on Friday but we felt that in order to give them or the artwork itself some kind of reflection or meaning, we had to do something special for them. So, today we are doing a small presentation of the artwork and the artwork will be donated to key partner agencies within the HIV response and so today the partner agencies are here, as well as the artists themselves for this handing over. The agreement is that these agencies will display the artwork along with a small bio of each artist within their institutions.”


Uriel Cowo has been painting for about seven years. He explains how he depicted the theme “The Right to Health” within the context of HIV and AIDS. He did a graphic style painting which he completed in six hours.


Uriel Cowo

Uriel Cowo, Artist

“I took the four demographics that I believe are in Belize: the rich, the young, the old, the poor. So, I took those four and made them into the shape of pots. So, those pots are growing and they are in the shape of humans. So, each of the pots are decorated differently corresponding to how their class is. So, now it just goes to show that health is available throughout all of us from you are young to you are old, even if you are rich or poor. So, with that, all of us have the right to health and you can always seek out treatment if you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.   It is not a very realistic painting; just more of like a poster like to show or demonstrate or raise awareness of AIDS. I did combine a little bit of realism in it in the shading of the pots and what not.”


UNICEF was gifted with Kenisha Gooding’s painting. The young artist used acrylic painting on canvas to interpret health care and HIV/AIDS.


Kenisha Gooding, Artist

“There is always this quote that they say AIDS has no face and we are trying to give awareness that everyone deserves medical attention, medical care. If you look at my painting, there is no face, no detail to that because every sing person, regardless if you have HIV or not deserves some kind of medical health care.   The colors were red, white and black and I meshed the colors together – the black and the red – because the black shows that you don’t have HIV but not because you don’t have the disease means you are not touched by someone who has. Or in situation it can be where one of your co-workers or friends could have HIV and that is why they meld together and the medical symbol is on top to show that everyone deserves to fit into that blanket of health care.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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