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"The Keiskamma Altarpiece"

The Globalization Research Center-Africa HIV/AIDS Lecture Series presents Edwin Bayrd discussing the South African Altarpiece. The altarpiece will be opened for viewing as well.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
208 Glorya Kaufman Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Edwin Bayrd is the Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute.

Edwin Bayrd is the Associate Director for administration, communications, development, and marketing at the UCLA AIDS Institute. Before joining the Institute in 2002, Mr. Bayrd edited and published HIV Newsline, a treatment-update journal that was distributed, free of charge, to virtually every healthcare provider in the United States who treats HIV-infected individuals. Prior to founding HIV Newsline, Mr. Bayrd edited a number of medical journals, among them Cardiovascular Medicine. He received a Jesse H. Neale Award for the new departments and features that he developed as part of the cover-to-cover redesign of that magazine.

Since he joined the UCLA AIDS Institute Mr. Bayrd has overseen the production of an award-winning documentary that provides an overview of the Institute’s multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach to containing the HIV pandemic—through laboratory research and behavioral interventions, community-outreach programs and coordinated patient care. In addition, Mr. Bayrd has launched “Knowledge Is Power,” a campaign to encourage more widespread and routine HIV testing, has created an AIDS Ambassadors program to promote peer education at UCLA and in the Los Angeles school system, and has organized symposia on a wide range of topics.

The South African Keiskamma Altarpiece
Following its west coast debut at UCLA on World AIDS Day, the famed South African Keiskamma Altarpiece was displayed in the Los Angeles Community, and has returned to Kaufman Hall for display from January 10 - March 11, 2007.

The Keiskamma Altarpiece is a present-day folk-art masterpiece from South Africa, created by over one hundred rural women artists whose lives are deeply impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other significant hardships, as a message of hope for their community, country, and the larger world.  The Altarpiece is a progressive adaptation of a classical religious work that replaces traditional religious iconography with images of black women and vulnerable children who are the "saints" in their community's struggle against AIDS.

This breathtaking, powerful art piece is socially relevant on many levels.  It depicts the immense human cost of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the dignity and power with which people and communities in South Africa are working to overcome this challenge, while also symbolizing the inclusive leadership that faith communities can provide in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in combating the stigma and isolation surrounding the disease.


Cost : 208 Glorya Kaufman Hall; parking is available in lot 4 for $8.

Globalization Research Center-Africa 310-267-4054

Sponsor(s): Globalization Research Center - Africa

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