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New Vision
Inspired by HIV/AIDS
Stephen Ssenkaaba
June 18, 2009
TODAY, an art exhbit with themes on HIV/AIDS opens at Makerere Art Gallery. The show features sculptures by Lillian Nabulime, a lecturer in sculpture at the university. Her work contains lessons on safety, prevention and behavioral change.

It also demystifies misconceptions and taboos about sex and sexuality. Nabulime's work springs from the depths of her feelings and experiences.

As a single mother whose husband succumbed to HIV/AIDS, she knows all too well the challenges of caring for a loved one and the socio-emotional pressure that it puts on care-givers; especially women like her.

That is why her work specifically targets women. "As mothers and care givers, women usually bear the brunt of the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS," Nabulime says.

Her work is executed in a symbolic nature borrowing heavily from daily human experiences. She uses ordinary materials like glass, soap, metal and backcloth.

It draws on very intimate aspects of our being to drive the message home. It is a powerful communicative tool that has hardly been explored, but one whose explicit inuendos may irk moral apologists.