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Title:Selling sorrow: testimony, representation and images of HIV-positive South African women
Author:Thomas, KylieISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Volume:34
Issue:2
Pages:216-226
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:photography
portraits
self-concept
images
AIDS
black women
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02533950802280097
Abstract:In post-apartheid South Africa, testimony and personal narrative have opened a space for marginalized voices to emerge. At the same time, to testify is to occupy a position of vulnerability. This paper focuses on a series of self-portraits by black HIV-positive women and points to how their entry into the public sphere and the global art market has been conditioned by their social and economic marginality. These portraits have been read as 'maps', providing access to the truth of the subjects they represent. Such readings perpetuate rather than challenge the myth of the transparent, authentic African subject. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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