May 30, 2017

‘The Unsung S/heroes’ Takes African Grandmothers From the Shadows to the Spotlight

Written by Erin Davis

This article originally appeared on The Torontoist.

Get an intimate look into the lives of the African grandmothers who are the (s)heroes at the heart of the response to Africa’s AIDS pandemic at the CONTACT Photography Festival.

“Photography hasn’t had a good history in Africa,” said Alexis MacDonald at the opening of her current photo exhibit, The Unsung S/heroes. “The most important thing in this exhibit was to portray the grandmothers exactly the way they want their stories to be told. It wasn’t about me as a photographer.”

MacDonald offers an intimate look into the lives of the African grandmothers who are the heroes at the heart of the response to Africa’s AIDS pandemic. When their children pass away from the virus, these women–some of whom are HIV-positive themselves and well into their 70s and 80s–are left to care for their grandchildren, becoming the centrepiece of survival for their families.

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