Street artists join battle for Aids-free generation

Graffiti artist, Maxx Moses, arrived here at the weekend as part of a U.S. Embassy programme to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS through street art. Moses, who calls himself a “concrete alchemist,” will spend a week working with local artists to create two murals on the sides of major buildings.

Maxx Moses with local artist Enock aka “Just Kause” in Bulawayo this week.
Maxx Moses with local artist Enock aka “Just Kause” in Bulawayo this week.

“Our job as artists is to make people think deeper, feel deeper," says New York-based Moses, who goes by the tag Pose2. He is a well-known innovator in the graffiti and street art industry in the United States, whose work suits virtually any surface, flat or 3D, of any size.

Moses and his team of local artists spray-painted the walls of Madlodlo Bar in Makokoba and part of the exterior of the National Gallery in Bulawayo. The murals will be unveiled at a ceremony today (Thursday). The sites will also host mobile testing units for the public.

“Worldwide, AIDS activists are focused on creating an AIDS-free generation. In order to do this, we need to use every possible tool to get prevention messages across to young and old alike. Maxx’s work is the perfect medium to do this – it’s innovative, engaging, and certainly eye-catching,” says Michael Brooke, Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy.

Since 2000, the United States government has invested over $245 million in Zimbabwe’s fight against HIV/AIDS. In 2012, the U.S. will contribute an estimated $60 million to the national HIV/AIDS response in Zimbabwe through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), including support for treatment of 80,000 people and interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV for approximately 40,000 women living with HIV/AIDS.

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