Chennai: On the occasion of World AIDS Day, St+art India Foundation, TANSACS, Tidel Park and Southern Railway have come together to initiate a mural, supported by Asian Paints, that de-stigmatises the disease while sharing hopeful stories of survivors.
A press release said, the panoramic mural, titled ‘We Are’, spreads the message of shared humanity, of how people suffering or having recovered from AIDS deserve equal rights and a place in society.
The mural is designed by Chennai-based graffiti writer and street artist A-Kill, along with Delhi-based Khatra.
A-kill, whose work is inspired by visuals offered by the streets and everyday life, is renowned for his skilled hand in portraiture, and his special connect with Chennai is reflected in this mural. This month-long project will be unveiled at Chennai’s Indira Nagar Railway Station.
The mural depicts the portraits of five individuals, of which three are patients of HIV, but which cannot be determined by just visual appearances.
Amit Syngle, managing director and CEO, Asian Paints Limited says, “We are delighted to once again lend our support to a worthy cause that aims to destigmatise the social effects of AIDS, with a powerful mural at one of Chennai’s most prominent and public places, Indira Nagar Railway Station”.
Deepak Jacob, project director and member secretary, TANSACS, mentioned that, “In order to sustain the reducing trend of HIV prevalence in the state, TANSACS is expanding the awareness across all sections of the society and one such initiative is this ‘mural’ in the heart of the city”.