Joining the ranks of history, the Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (G.A.P.A.) have made their most recent debut in the gallery of the District Six Museum. Honored as a focus for women’s month, seventeen grandmothers volunteered to be part of an exhibition by photographer Eric Miller aimed at sharing their lives through visual representation.
Serving as local models for development change, G.A.P.A. works to create social networks and support systems for elder women carrying the burden of family care and emotional hardships wrought by HIV/AIDS. The exhibit centered on individual photographs of each grandmother accompanied by a sister photo displaying the families that they support. Each grandmother then chose a portion of her life narrative to display below her photograph, serving as a small insight into her daily struggles, hopes and the humanity of women brought on by HIV/AIDS.
The exhibit was well received by supporters, family, friends and grannies galore. The spirit in the room was joyful as grandmothers shared their photos and talked with guests about their roles within their family structure within G.A.P.A. Giving the keynote address was Sindiwe Magona, who spoke on the need for social responsibility and action as the key component to development change. She called upon the audience to make a difference and strengthen South Africa while honoring the Grandmothers’ drive, determination and efforts to combat HIV/AIDS through education and awareness.
The photography exhibit was launched on July 18th at the homecoming centre of the District Six Museum and will run until August 30th.