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Working with Symbols Changing the Story Gaining Agency


Reworking and symbolizing imagery by flipping or changing its meaning or adding a completely new meaning and doing that by working on top of the imagery can be empowering and provide agency:

“So I put the ribbon, the “V” (in HIV), I turned it upside down and made Victory. And I did HIV positive but I underlined “hi” it’s like you can still talk to me. I’m friendly. Wear with Pride.” Turn stigma upside down. That’s why I’ve done my V’s upside down and everything. Yeah I think get the message across with my portraits.. Turn stigma upside down. Inside of an upside down V, there’s a positive V for victory.”

Experiences of the Workshop

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