Still Life; An exhibition by Ombetja Yehinga.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Black and white photography (Exhibitions)
HIV patients (Portrayals)
Authors: Tanner, Britanny
Magenya, Sheena
Pub Date: 06/01/2008
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: June, 2008 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 2
Persons: Named Person: Yehinga, Ombetja
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Namibia Geographic Code: 6NAMI Namibia
Accession Number: 184550001
Full Text: The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) uses arts with young People for young people to create social awareness. OYO recently held a photo exhibition at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre Called Still Life.

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In this project, people appearing in the photos were not necessarily living with HIV. The photographers, however, are. After receiving training in photography, they took images of their family, friends and loved ones.

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Still Life is an exhibition that gives the opportunity to look at the world through the eyes of people living with HIV, and what we see is that life goes on. People laugh, they play, and they carry on with life because they are still living - living in today and appreciating the now.

Asked why black and white instead of colour photos, exhibition organiser Evelina Ashipala said, "Black and white has a timeless appeal and even through the lack of colour, each pictures stillcomes alive."

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Looking at the photos, one has a sense of joy. The world as seen by these photographers is neither sad nor painful. Their photos talk about family, food, children and friends - and about those moments that make our lives, all lives, worth living.

Story by Brittany Tanner and Sheena Magenay

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