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"Peter Brandt, “Letter to Rabi”, mixed media 2011-13. View from the exhibition “The Dandelion Project”, Traneudstillingen, Hellerup, Denmark, 2013.

Letter to Rabi
In 2011 did Doctors Without Borders invite me to take part in an exhibtion in Copenhagen, to mark the 30 year anniversary of HIV/AIDS. I came in contact with Rabi, a 13 year old boy from Nepal, born HIV positive and living in an orphanage in Kathmandu.

I asked Rabi “to draw his life”…..the work consisted of Rabi’s drawings, my letters to him and other material related to the global HIV/AIDS history, such as a VHS tape of Derek Jarman’s film "Blue" and a textile work.

Tragically Rabi died suddenly in September 2013, probably due to neglect in the health care system in Nepal. I had just received all the photos he had taken with the disposable cameras I had sent to him months before. So I decided right there to edit the old work and include all his photographs and other things connected to his life and death, among them a model for an AIDS memorial and a memory blanket in textile.

The first version of “Letter to Rabi” was about “otherness” the second version is about loss and death.