Artist Olek brings her Crochet Skills to the City of Lyon in the Fight to end AIDS, France 2019

In the weeks leading up to the sixth Global Fund Replenishment Conference, a collective of the world’s top street artists have joined the campaign ‘PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES’, the first global street art campaign created to bring urgent action in the fight to end AIDS. 

Artists invited were DALeast, as well as Add Fuel, Bisco Smith, BRUSK, DALeast, Faile, Faith XLVII, Hera, HOW & NOSM, Inside Out Project, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Ludo, Olek, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Stephen Powers, Trevor & Cosmo, and WK Interact.

More than 25 unique PAINT (RED) murals and installations were revealed as part of a coordinated campaign across Washington DC, New York, Berlin, London, Paris, Jersey City, Accra, Malmo, Cape Town, New Delhi, Horsens, Nariobi, Manila, Lima, Ho Chi Minh City, Dakar, Oslo, and Lyon.

Polish crochet artist Agata Oleksiak known as Olek, brought the wonderful creative world of crochet to Lyon, France. Olek is a Polish artist who is based in New York City. Her works include sculptures, installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, performance pieces, and fiber art. She has covered buildings, sculptures, people, and an apartment with crochet and has exhibited in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Turkey, France, Italy, Poland, and Costa Rica.

Lyon was the epicentre of the ‘PAINT RED SAVE LIVES’ campaign, due to the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, attended by global leaders in October 2019. The (RED) Global Fund reached full replenishment of $14 Billion USD! This money will help save 16 million lives and cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half.

“Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” Olek

Olek’s crochet attire danced around the city of Lyon bringing a theatrical performance to support (RED) and bring awareness to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Words were sewn into the costumes such as LOVE, JOIN THE FIGHT, SHAPE THE FUTURE and SAVE LIVES.

To learn more about PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES, access their Snapchat Lenses and join the campaign, visit RED or follow them on instagram to keep up to date and share your digital images on social media using #PAINTRED and @RED

Photo/Video credit Chop ‘Em Down Films / RED



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