Creating Beauty Where Life Should Have Ended
April 5, 2008
I just heard about the website HOPE: Living and Loving With HIV in Jamaica. Really, its a work of art that’s also a testimonial and public education tool.
To browse through it is a spiritual experience.
This is clearly the product of some serious hard work by our own Kwame Dawes, uncommon bravery of the many participants, and of course, access to resources of the Pulitzer Center and the opportunity to make difference.
For me, this website is a great example of what can happen when imagination, creativity, compassion, commitment and love of country are allowed to feed off and nurture each other. The website – with the powerful interweaving of visual and sound – reminds me of the amazing works of art – performance, poetry, music, dance, writing, painting – that came out beginning in the early 1990s as gay men in the US sought to name, mourn, contain and resist the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Beautiful!
Let me know what you think, what you learned, where it took you, where you are on the questions posed – and answered – by the individual stories and website as a whole.