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The Grandmother Spirit
Idea: To illuminate the determination, strength, resiliency, and inspiration of The African Grandmother: the heart, soul and hands of response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic there.
Revealing documentary moments of daily life, still lives, extreme close-ups, and landscapes will be integrated with portraits; strong, direct, with simple backdrop or background. These high resolution portraits will be displayed large, insuring these beautiful, quiet people who often go unnoticed will be seen.
The Grandmother Spirit will capture the universal, inexorable human connection between the Grandmothers and the orphans they are raising.
“We almost never think of the grandmothers, except in passing. Yet they are emerging as the unheralded heroes of the continent. They’re poor, they’re old; they live with the inconsolable anguish of having buried their own adult children. They’re tired, they’re hungry, and yet they’re fast becoming the true, resilient, magnificent hearts of the struggle of the continent.”
- Stephen Lewis
United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Steve Simon is passionate about documenting life through photography, and has been published widely. His work is in major collections, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House, and the Canadian Archives. In 2008, he will exhibit at The Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia and The Leica Gallery in New York.
He has four books, Heroines & Heroes: Hope, HIV and Africa, The Republicans, Healing Waters, and Empty Sky-The Pilgrimage to Ground Zero, an excerpt of which was included in Time-Life's book The American Spirit, forward by George W. Bush.
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