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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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Visual Approaches to HIV Literacy in South Africa

Visual Approaches to HIV Literacy in South Africa

(p.94) 9 Visual Approaches to HIV Literacy in South Africa
The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Annabelle Wienand

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the use of visual approaches to HIV literacy in South Africa. More specifically, it describes a visually oriented and participatory HIV-literacy workshop aimed at creating life-size drawings based on tracing around a human body which provided a template for a series of participatory exercises. These “body map drawings” enabled the participants to develop their knowledge of human biology in relation to HIV prevention, care and treatment. The chapter shows how the visual medium enabled many participants to find a comfortable place for exchanging their personal stories and experiences with HIV. It also considers the collaborative and experiential theories of Brazilian-born scholar Paulo Freire regarding adult education; Freire’s techniques naturally seem to incorporate the creative arts. The chapter concludes by assessing the efficacy of visual learning as an approach to HIV literacy.

Keywords:   workshop, HIV literacy, South Africa, body map drawings, human biology, Paulo Freire, adult education, creative arts, visual learning, HIV

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