What is the Rainbow of Hope?
When the world is full of the harsh reality of discrimination and stigma about being HIV-positive or living with AIDS, where is HOPE? Putting yourself into the shoes of another is the only way to truly understand your own lives and the lives of others. The RAINBOW of HOPE got people talking; it sent messages of support, gave accurate information and some HOPE. Eighteen panels telling the story of living with HIV from point of diagnosis through the pain of asking WHY? to seeking love, life and understanding through self and others.
Devised and developed by Youth Leaders and presented in Trafalgar Square, London on World AIDS Day as an international call to action against stigma, discrimination and denial surrounding people living with HIV. Subsequently, the Rainbow of Hope was presented by Youth Ambassadors at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto (2006) and the National Gallery in Cape Town (2006). It now has a permanent home at Knysna Provincial Hospital.
Each panel shows a faceless person or persons at part of their journey. The figures are faceless but the artists are real and the spirit of the artist outlined in white helps the character move on step by step – it’s often hidden but help is usually around if you search for it – supporting, lifting, holding, reaching out and linking.