Representations and Objections: Geert Van Kesteren and the 13th International Aids Conference, Durban, 2000

  • Alexandra von Stauss Culture, Communication and Media Studies


On the African continent, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has had significant effects on the organisation of life across economic, political and social structures. As a social phenomenon, HIV/AIDS is of crucial concern, regionally as well as globally. While the HIV/AIDS pandemic “in industrial and postindustrial societies is believed to be complex, intellectually and politically contested, and theoretically interesting, Third World epidemics are seen to be simple material disasters” (Treichler, 1999, p. 7). This brings to the fore significant issues to do with the representation of AIDS in Africa.

Critical Arts Vol.18(2) 2004: 45-62

Author Biography

Alexandra von Stauss, Culture, Communication and Media Studies
Alexandra von Stauss is a professional journalist, who has worked as a photojournalist for international NGO’s. This article is drawn from her MA thesis “Western Representations of the African ‘Other’: Investigations into the controversy around Geert Van Kesteren’s photographs of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zambia (2000)”. Her special interest is in the field of visual anthropology and mainly revolves around issues of representation, photography and photojournalism.

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