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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.

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The world around me swirls … it pulses with black feelings. I sit across a small...

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Panel 2

I cannot escape FROZEN in this space… Faces show my different kinds of energy and...

Panel 3

Panel 3

Questions…………? It can’t be me! It must be. I’m me! I’m fighting the virus that...

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Panel 4

A seed of hope begins to grow inside me. The SUN shines on the CRYSTAL and it forms a...

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Panel 5

I’m learning fast but may still fall, I’m trying to stand up, but I can’t. The MAGNET...

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Panel 6

I have a dream to be healthy, being there for other people, looking forward and seeing...

Panel 7

Panel 7

I AM HIV-POSITIVE AND THAT’S THAT!! The BOOK in HAND is the book that gave me a SHOCK. A...

Panel 8

Panel 8

Eyes burn into my dark cloud. Some bright, others bring pain. The eyes of the world burn into...

Panel 9

Panel 9

Help me unlock my future. I didn’t want to hear or see anything about HIV & AIDS. But I...

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Panel 10

WHY? The QUESTION MARKS are red. Because it hurts. I’m asking my community why they are...

Panel 11

Panel 11

I am who I am. My light burns bright just like yours. At first I couldn’t believe I am...

Panel 12

Panel 12

A chance to be normal. I feel bold and strong. I’m starting to take my first steps to reach...

Panel 13

Panel 13

We long for each other. Why should we be apart? This CLOUD above my head symbolises that...

Panel 14

Panel 14

We grow stronger in love, knowing what might be. Once I felt lost, love and support was...

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Panel 15

Love – a hug, a hand holding mine. RED RIBBONS show support for people with HIV. I will...

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Panel 16

My baby is beautiful, I feel strong and powerful. I longed for a baby, why should they judge...

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Panel 17

Happiness. We’re together for life. Our family is strong in its love for each other. The...

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Panel 18

We learn. We become involved and HIV, although harsh, can be our teacher. Taking us on our...