Access to Life, a powerful photographic exhibition created by Magnum Photos in partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will be staged by the Powerhouse Museum from late November for World AIDS Day 2012. The exhibition, which has moved millions of people around the world through its touching images of AIDS-affected communities, is being held 30 years after the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Australia.
For the first time, a series of new photos from Papua New Guinea will be added to the exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, taken by acclaimed British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins. They will join the photographic case studies from Russia, Swaziland, India, Haiti, Vietnam, Mali, South Africa and Peru.
Visiting Australia, the Vice Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng, made the announcement of the exhibition’s tour to Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum. Sydney will be the tenth city in the world to show Access to Life, but the first to add Papua New Guinea as a special regional component to the exhibition.
The official announcement by Dr Dawn Casey, Mr Bill Bowtell, and Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng at the Powerhouse Museum:
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