Rwanda Biomedical Center
Partners: RBC, UNAIDS, Africa Healthcare Foundation.
Date: December, 2013
Location: Remera, Kigali
Artists: Freddy Sam, Meghan King, Alex Box, Moses, Sany, Rukundo, JB, Dolph, Bonfils, Fabien, Crista, Jaxon, and Charles.
Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga’sfirst large scale mural launched our efforts to take art out of the gallery and on to the streets of Kigali. The 4-storey building was painted by Rwandan artists in collaboration with Freddy Sam, a visiting artist from Cape Town, South Africa. He is widely respected for his work as a creative activist, ambitious to bring about social change whilst using the streets as a canvas. This mural painting uses public art as a medium of expression for people living with HIV and to dispel the stigma against the virus. The words; “My lovely Rwanda, may you flow with milk and honey; let us all participate in fighting AIDS" – communicates the themes of hope and compassion for those living with HIV. The success of this mural was seen in the gathering of over 100 people during the ceremony in which the mural was unveiled by the Minister of Health and Mayor of Kigali on World AIDS Day in 2013.