'I am: Women Living with HIV" is a portraiture project combatting, with photography & words, discrimination of women living with HIV.
I want to thank everyone who has donated and helped me pass my goal. The extra money will go toward the items I didn't figure into my budget (there are always some, ie, the cost of the oversized photos as charged by the airline) and beyond that the extra money will help offset the cost of the portraits. So, with a little time left, if you feel like staking out your part in this documentary photo exhibit your donation is most welcomed and will be well used as I move forward with this project. Thanks.
*Photo caption translation: "I am Sofia. I love animals. I love my family and hanging out with friends. Above all, I love God. I am his creation." Sofía Ocampo, 16, Buenos Aires, Argentina. HIV+ as of birth.
HOW CAN I HELP?:
In a major step forward, 'I am: Women Living with HIV' (see the full project at: iam.cateincba.com) was accepted for exhibition at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. July 22-27th.
I need to raise $3,000 to cover half of the costs to cover the exhibition in D.C. The money will be used to scan the 10-12 medium format negatives, print, mount and the cost of publicity materials, such as post cards to be distributed during the conference. The other half of the production costs is generously coming from my main sponsor at the exhibit, The Well Project , a non-profit organization whose mission "is to change the course of this HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women." The Well Project’s blog for HIV+ women, “A Girl Like Me ” will also be at XIX International AIDS Conference and several of the bloggers will be participating in my photography project, as the key objectives of our two programs have many parallels.
The 10-12 photographs will be Lightjet prints, which are digitally produced chromogenic prints using silver-halide photographic paper and then processed with traditional photochemical techniques. Each image will be 40x30 inches, mounted on gator board and edged with black fabric tape. This will make it easier for me to transport and install.
Personal costs are covered by a scholarship from the conference, so ALL of the donations go exclusively to the exhibit costs or to help me offset the expense of photographing future portraits.
And if you can not help with a donation, you can help with publicity. Tell your neighbor. Tell your girlfriend. Tell your daughter.
WHY DOES YOUR EXHIBIT MATTER?:
I began this project when I was living in Argentina and now it has the chance to be exhibited in Washington, D.C.
I believe we cannot combat the spread of HIV/AIDS if we do not talk about it. The dialog has changed however. We are no longer talking about dying of AIDS. Today we talk about living with HIV, and living with a ‘socially unacceptable’ disease often means living in silence. Women with HIV are also mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, professionals, artists, athletes and activists.
The 2010 Global Report says there is a need for more meaningful coverage of HIV and this exhibit in D.C. has the chance to be a part of that dialog. Photographically. Artistically. Elegantly. And with your help.
TELL ME MORE:
'I am: Women Living with HIV, an international photography project' is a series of environmental portraits, coupled with words written by each participant finishing the phrase, 'I am.' This project explores the search for both a personal and global identity of women living with HIV/AIDS. Through the involvement of the subject in the documentary process, I hope to create a deeper understanding of who these women are - not just an external photographic representation, but joined to an internal self-identity.
All money raised through this campaign will go toward exhibit costs and if I am lucky enough to raise extra money it will go toward expanding the project throughout the Americas. I am already in contact with various women and planning a trip to Miami/Tampa Bay areas in mid-May to photograph 8 women at this time (maybe more). The trip is being self-funded.
Reward photos - Click HERE to choose yours - two galleries covering all levels of rewards. Please see description.
Book design examples - so you can get an idea if you're thinking of that reward.
When the fundraising campaign ends, and I've reached my goal, I will be contacting you individually to ask for your choice and address. Each photograph under the Rewards photos link above has a title. Please provide that title and brief description.