Love a Positive Life wins ‘Visual Arts Award’

A photography exhibition raising awareness of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights has won an award at a prestigious UK arts festival.

Mariam meme

“I can’t believe I’m this person because I thought my life had really ended with what happened when I was 12,” says Mariam. ©Gemma Taylor/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The Alliance’s ‘Love a Positive Life’ photo exhibition was awarded the ‘Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award’ in association with House and Artist Open Houses.

The Brighton Fringe Awards – synonymous with Brighton’s vibrant, diverse culture – recognised the impact of the ‘Love a Positive Life’ exhibition that ran for a month at the city’s central library during the prestigious fringe festival, winning under the Visual Arts category.

The jury particularly appreciated the positive tone of the exhibition, which was curated to be exactly that – a collection of positive and enriching stories of young people affected by HIV who have been part of Alliance HIV programming activities.

Each person who featured in the exhibition told their own unique story about how HIV has affected them, but not stopped them loving a positive life.

Gemma Taylor, exhibition curator made a short speech while collecting the award:

"It shows that choosing to use positive imagery to depict HIV and development work, and deliberately steering away from clichés or stereotypes, does have impact."

Each year the Brighton Fringe Festival takes place to celebrate arts in the city. It is now England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.

The Alliance is proud to have ‘Love a Positive Life’ acknowledged at such a large scale event, and to be nominated alongside other fantastic artists.

This is an unexpected prize and we look forward to exploring other ways we can use visual imagery to share the Alliance’s work and impact further.

Read the blog by exhibition curator, Gemma Taylor: The new charity face: Positive, thought-provoking and fun.

The photo exhibition is accompanied by a digital fundraising campaign, which is raising funds for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to continue its work to empower young women to protect themselves from HIV. 

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View the exhibition images at the gallery below. Click on the images to bring up their captions.