By Fren Mah
Queen - Carol Dyanti Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
The queen that I illustrated is Carol Dyantyi, who is a children’s rights activist from Soweto in South Africa. She quit her job to help orphaned children, and eventually adopted over 850 children and started her own charity. Many of these children lost their family to HIV, and call her "Mum Carol".
I used her dress to symbolize the holistic care for these children receiveand the textile to story tell. I made patterns with African (Adinkra) and Western symbols to represent patience, courage, leadership, love and hope. She provides the kids with the essentials such as food and clothing, in addition to education and emotional support. She has helped so many children in Soweto that her dress forms a landscape.
More about the GDC - RRF collaboration here
2015 Theme - QUEEN!
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha Franklin
Ribbon Rouge #8 is QUEEN!
Our theme this year explores powerful women; women of vision and unsung heroes in our communities and globally. “Unruly” women who broke away from the status quo…bothered people…shook up the system and birthed social revolutions. To their various capacities, these women used whatever they had to be the difference and they inspire us to become our own brands of heretics. A few of them have worked directly in HIV relief efforts, others have put in tremendous efforts to further women’s rights. In all, their efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to progress on gender equity, which in turn, contributes to getting to Zero HIV.
These Queens inspire us to each cause a RUCKUS!
…To get out in front and create our own tribes, our own movements for positive change. To believe in ourselves, as such inspire others to do the same.
Ribbon Rouge #8 presents these women, their ideas, their thoughts…feelings to you through the night.