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US artist in Aids awareness campaign

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Graffiti artist, Maxx Moses, arrived in Bulawayo on Sunday as part of a US Embassy programme to raise awareness about HIV and Aids through street art.

Moses, who calls himself a “concrete alchemist”, will spend a week in Zimbabwe’s second largest city working with local artists to create two murals on the sides of major buildings.

“I am excited to be here. Our job as artists is to make people think deeper, feel deeper,” says New York-based Moses, who goes by the tag Pose2.

Moses’ artwork has been described by renowned art critic Alexander Salazar as promoting “an environment of longevity, growth, wholeness, and spiritual well-being”.

Moses fuses “wild style” and fine art in his work. He is a well-known innovator in the graffiti and street art industry in the United States whose work suits virtually any surface.

The visiting artist and his team of local artists began spraypainting the walls of Madlodlo Bar in Makokoba and part of the exterior of the National Gallery in Bulawayo yesterday.

The murals will be unveiled tomorrow afternoon at a ceremony to be attended by US Ambassador Charles Ray, Bulawayo deputy mayor Amen Mpofu and city council officials. The sites will also host mobile testing units for the public.

“Worldwide, Aids activists are focused on creating an Aids-free generation. In order to do this, we need to use every possible tool to get prevention messages across to young and old alike.

“Maxx’s work is the perfect medium to do this – it’s innovative, engaging and certainly eye-catching,” said Michael Brooke, public diplomacy officer at the US Embassy.

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