Painting Exhibition “…Stand Up From Pain”

Paintings full of sadness, but with confidence, dreams, and hopes for future for people living with HIV/AIDS are again displayed at an art exhibition of artist Nguyen Trong Kien.  He wants to show to the public a part of HIV/AIDS infected people’s world.


Artist Nguyen Trong Kien


“For people who are staying behind… or standing up from pain” is the name of an art exhibition of a painter living with HIV, Nguyen Trong Kien and his wife Nguyen Thanh Ngan. 
Most of the works at the exhibition are oil and “do” paper paintings (paper made from bamboo trees). They are about natural landscapes, love for fellow human beings, love for life, and philosophy of life. 
Those paintings carry messages of love, an aspiration for life, human love, tolerance, understanding and sharing between the community and HIV/AIDS infected people.
The exhibition opened in Ha Noi on March 12, under the organization of the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Viet Nam.

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Source: Viet Nam News - Translated by Yen Chuong

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