One to One Africa’s team includes from L-R across these pics: Khaya Maticinka, Nolubabalo Tshemese, Fezeka Madada, Thandie Maticinka and Nolubabalo Tshemese, who serve the community through water access and food security, while also delivering HIV healthcare.
Photo images: © Rob Piper

“Empowering women to live the life they deserve”

This significant event in London’s 2023 arts calendar celebrates the extraordinary success of One to One in Africa
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Dualities shines an important light on our work. There in the last mile communities where close to 70% of people are living in severe poverty, our Mentor Mothers are beating UN targets to deliver an Aids-free generation” – One to One Africa’s Executive Director Gqibelo Dandala
Art is a voice. And art is a medium to address stigma, to shine a light on misrepresentation and achieve social justice. This is how the exhibition, Dualities, means mobility to me. It means empowering women to live the life they deserve” – Nomaza Nongqunga Coupez
Dualities shines an important light on our work. There in the last mile communities where close to 70% of people are living in severe poverty, our Mentor Mothers are beating UN targets to deliver an Aids-free generation” – One to One Africa’s Executive Director Gqibelo Dandala
Art is a voice. And art is a medium to address stigma, to shine a light on misrepresentation and achieve social justice. This is how the exhibition, Dualities, means mobility to me. It means empowering women to live the life they deserve” – Nomaza Nongqunga Coupez

Gqibelo Dandala continues, “It has a hugely catalysing effect when our successes are the subject of artworks, meetings and conversation in the centre of London. The exhibition is a celebration we can share with fellow South Africans, many of whom found out about our work for the first time in London.”

Undiscovered Canvas founder Nomaza Nongqunga Coupez is originally from the small last-mile village of Ngqeleni, where One to One Africa provides a service. She worked in clinical pathology during the height of the HIV pandemic, seeing infection rates rise out of control, there in the lab, and within her own family.

Being from Johannesburg I had no real feeling for how cut off, how overlooked women in the Eastern Cape can be. The piece will respond to my admiration for the Mentor Mothers out there saving lives every day” – Nene Mahlangu

A Leisurely Walk in my Garden of Eden, Nene Mahlangu. Fellow artists will include Lulama WolfNthabiseng Boledi Kekana and Lesego Seoketsa.

Being from Johannesburg I had no real feeling for how cut off, how overlooked women in the Eastern Cape can be. The piece will respond to my admiration for the Mentor Mothers out there saving lives every day” – Nene Mahlangu

A Leisurely Walk in my Garden of Eden, Nene Mahlangu. Fellow artists will include Lulama WolfNthabiseng Boledi Kekana and Lesego Seoketsa.

Renowned artist Nene Mahlangu is honouring the charity’s Mentor Mothers in a special piece, to be exhibited along with exceptional work by fellow artists in the Undiscovered Canvas stable including Lulama Wolf, Nthabiseng Boledi Kekana and Lesego Seoketsa.

Renowned artist Nene Mahlangu is honouring the charity’s Mentor Mothers in a special piece, to be exhibited along with exceptional work by fellow artists in the Undiscovered Canvas stable including Lulama Wolf, Nthabiseng Boledi Kekana and Lesego Seoketsa.

The UN goal to eradicate Aids by 2030 can only be met with a focus on maternal healthcare in remote regions, led at the grassroots by women such as One to One’s Mentor Mothers. It would be great to see this model widely adopted” – Film star and One to One Ambassador Naomie Harris
The UN goal to eradicate Aids by 2030 can only be met with a focus on maternal healthcare in remote regions, led at the grassroots by women such as One to One’s Mentor Mothers. It would be great to see this model widely adopted” – Film star and One to One Ambassador Naomie Harris

Patron, Naomie Harris continues, “90% of One to One’s Mentor Mothers are living with HIV. Walking many kilometres between homes, Mentor Mothers are not just delivering health care, they are ambassadors and role models for living positively with HIV.

“They have removed the profound stigma which was preventing discussion, diagnosis, and sustained use of antiretroviral therapy.

“These treasured members of local communities are an inspiration to us all.”

The exhibition deals with furthering opportunities for women, whether that’s the opportunity of life itself for a woman and her children, the opportunity of becoming a One to One Mentor Mother, to work as a pillar of the community, or to further her dreams of becoming an artist” – Curator Susan Ansley Johnson
The exhibition deals with furthering opportunities for women, whether that’s the opportunity of life itself for a woman and her children, the opportunity of becoming a One to One Mentor Mother, to work as a pillar of the community, or to further her dreams of becoming an artist” – Curator Susan Ansley Johnson

Susan Ansley Johnson continues, “All these women receive the agency to succeed, to take control. It really is a story of women’s empowerment.”

When to visit (UK time)

Press night: Friday, November 17th, 3 – 5 pm
Private view: Monday, November 20th 2023, 5.30 – 8 pm
Gallery open to the public: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
The final viewing will be on Saturday, November 25th 2023.

Address:
Bernard Jacobson Gallery
28 Duke Street St James’s, Mayfair, London SW1Y 6AG

Please book your free ticket via this Eventbrite page.

Images L-R, running courses at Chief Sigcau’s homestead in Mankosi; a client escorts her son to school; and One To One Mentor Mother Zizipho Zamiqinga commences her daily duties. Photo images: © Rob Piper

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