The Art of Resilience: Photo-Stories of Inspiration and Strength Among People with HIV/AIDS

Research by Michelle Teti, DrPH; Allison Kabel, PhD; and Diane Binson, PhD


More on how photovoice is being used with young people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Indonesia at

Needs of South African adolescents orphaned by AIDS: Evidence from photography and photo-elicitation

G. Thupayagale-Tshweneagae and Z. Mokomane
International Nursing Review, 2012

Available evidence shows that over half of all orphans under the age of 18 years are adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years. Despite this, the needs of adolescents orphaned by AIDS are seldom recognized or adequately addressed in policy and programmes. Instead, the focus tends to be on the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. However, there are several factors that render adolescent-specific programmes important.

Designers Against AIDS: The First Decade

"A celebration of pure beauty, idealism, and lust for life"

Art for AIDS (catalogue of artwork by UNAIDS)

"In whatever form it takes—sculpture, painting, mixed media and more—art can express things in a way not possible with facts and fi gures, and this is especially true in the AIDS response. Art and AIDS have been inextricably linked throughout the epidemic’s quarter of a century history. Art has conveyed what words alone could not." (Dr. Pieter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS)

Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival program

This program for the Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival (running from Aug. 24–30, 2010) explains the different ways that public space can be transformed through art.

Although the festival does not address HIV & AIDS or sexuality, the program attached above shows some awesome ways (i.e. graffiti, dance, outdoor photo galleries...and umbrellas and couches!) that the arts could be used in public rallies or other awareness-raising events around HIV & AIDS.

(all info taken from

Writer Wendy Ewald

Wendy Ewald’s (1985, 1992, 1996, 2000) work with children in the US
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