Three Drawings by Rabi*


The three drawings is a testimony of a 13 year old boy from Nepal, living with HIV.

History
Rabi was born HIV positive in Hetauda, Nepal in1998. He lives in a orphanage in Lalitpur, Nepal. Rabi is in treatment with Antiretroviral medication and has regularly medical check-up's at Teku Hospital in Lalitpur, Nepal. Both Rabi's parents are dead of an AIDS related illness. He has one older brother, who is not HIV positive and a sister who has disappeared completely.

My Village
Rabi has in this drawing represented the village, he is living in now. There are mountains, trees, houses and children playing football. My Village shows both the landscape and the society Rabi is living in, and his social relations. There are different social interaction between the people represented in the drawing. Rabi has put himself in the drawing with a figure facing the viewer frontally and has written the word “me” over his head.

My Home
In this drawing we see a large house with big windows facing the viewer. In front of the house there is a man, a girl/woman and again Rabi has represented himself with both a figure and the word “me” written over his head. My Home is about belonging, home, family, the social aspects of being part of a familiar group of people. It is not clear, if this drawing represents Rabi's actual home or if it represents his wish of belonging to his own close family construction, living in a house of their own. The girl/woman could be both a representation of Rabi's mother or a picture of his disappearing sister.

Tara Punja English School, Lalitpur, Nepal
Here Rabi has represented the school he is attending, in Lalitpur, Nepal. In the drawing we see a large building with the school's name on it and there are four kids in the courtyard. Rabi has represented himself with a figure with a big smile on his face and has written the word “me” over his head. In Tara Punja English School, Lalitpur, Nepal, we see the importance Rabi puts to his school, both in an educational and social sense, but also in the way he has made the drawing, using a ruler, an object used in an educational purpose.

*To disguise his real identity and in order to respect “Convention of The Rights of The Child”, Rabi is a cover name.

The Other
A print of an edited version of Wikipedia's explanation of The Other.

Box With Pieces From A Broken Window
Fragments from a window to represent the impossible representation of the other. We can not “see” the other, “feel” the other, “understand” the other, but maybe we can, in small glimpses get an impression of the other.

The first letter to Rabi from Peter Brandt
In Peter Brandt's first letter to Rabi, Brandt thanks Rabi for accepting to be part of his art project and making drawings for him. Brandt tells of his immediate response in receiving the drawings and how fortunate he feels for that. Brandt analyse Rabi's way of categorizing the different issues in his drawings and tells him that he does exactly the same thing. Brandt ask him about his relationship to football and tells of his own boyhood, from football to art making. Brandt goes on about his flat, marital status and financial situation. Brandt has attached a photograph to the letter and a small gift for him. In the end of the letter Brandt again express his gratitude towards Rabi and tells him that he will write to him, and tell about the responses from the art public in Copenhagen.

Blue
(VHS tape on a base of African Azorbé wood).
Blue is the twelfth and final film by Derek Jarman (1942-1994), released 4 months before his death from AIDS – related complications in 1993. Such complications had already made him partially blind and the film consists of a single shot of saturated blue colour filling the screen, as background to a soundtrack where Jarman and some of his most close collaborators, like Tilda Swinton narrates his life and vision. Jarman's testimony is spare and vivid in it's verbal imagery, quite without sentimentality, self pity and at times very funny. “The Guatama Buddha instructs me to walk away from illness. But he wasn't attached to a drip”, (Blue, Derek Jarman, 1993).

The second letter to Rabi from Peter Brandt
Letter to Rabi from Peter Brandt, written in 2011, but will first be sent to Rabi when he is 18 years old, in 2016. In this letter Brandt is writing the letter he felt, he could not write to Rabi, before he turned 18 years old. The letter is dealing with Brandt's thoughts on HIV/AIDS, both in regard to Rabi himself, but also about HIV/AIDS in the Western world. Brandt speaks about his own cultural HIV/AIDS history and tells Rabi about the strange coincidence that he experienced during work on Letter to Rabi, when one of his close friends started Antiretroviral medication at exactly the same time. Brandt also speaks of the fact that he has no children on his own, his reflections on art making and asks Rabi questions about his well-being, his dreams and plans for the future.

We Value Creating Archives More Than Sustaining People
A textile work in applicated silk, which points to the Western “need” to categorize and archive cultural artefacts. This is a way to create (and sustain) a collective identity historically, in constructed social archives like the institution of the museum, which is always an edited reality.

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