Body map 2

CCAC #: 0368
Artwork title: Body map 2
Artist(s): Thobani Ncapayi
Year made: 2002
Artwork type: Paper
Medium: Digital inkjet print on paper
Framed dimensions (in mm): 950 x 610
Artwork series: Long Life Project Body Maps
Source: Bought by the Artworks Committee from David Krut
Year acquired: 2004
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On public display

Thobani was diagnosed with HIV in 1997 after a long series of illnesses, but could only start treatment in 2001 due to governmental policy regarding ARVs and denialist views about the virus. He could not complete his body map due to his commitment to the Treatment Action Campaign’s activism that led to ARV treatment for millions of people.

Thobani Ncapayi's statement

This is me, Thobani. I was the only man in the group. I would have liked to continue with this body map and this work but I had to leave because I got more involved in the Treatment Action Campaign. I have a vegetable stall and I have to wake up every morning at 3 am to go to the market to buy fruit and veg to sell. It was hard to keep coming to the group.

This is also how it is here in South Africa. Most men don’t want to know their HIV status and only come for treatment when they are very sick when it is late. Most of the people in HIV positive support groups are the women.

The only stories I told in the group were the ones when I was young in Ciskei and I used to make wire cars for toys. And how me and my friend Wiseman used to be the ones to raise the school flag every morning. Wiseman was the one who let me know about treatment in Khayelithsa when I began to die from this illness.

Themes: HIV/AIDS
Constitutional links: Health care, food, water and social security rights (section 27)
Related Constitutional Court cases: Minister of Health and Others v Treatment Action Campaign and Others (2002)

CCAC 428914

Photographer: Unrecorded
Photo copyright: Consult with CCT curatorial team

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