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|ARTISTIC STATEMENT: Elahah Akhgar modes Voti Thebe's bridal gown made of condoms in the colours of the Zimbabwean flag|
EVERY bride likes to look her best - but this wedding gown was never going to
hide any blushes.
Award-winning artist Voti Thebe has designed a dress complete with bridal tiara and bouquet . . . made out of condoms.
The creation, which drew gasps when it first went on display in Africa, will be on show at Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Visions of Zimbabwe exhibition.
At a launch to coincide with World Aids Day, the dress is a stark reminder of the terrible HIV and Aids crisis in Thebe's native country.
The exhibition in Manchester is part of an international effort by artists like Thebe, to comment on the political and social situation at a time when they are subject to censorship in their own country.
The white cheesecloth dress, made from inflated condoms in the green, black, red and yellow colours of the Zimbabwean flag, will be on display on the second floor of the gallery from December 4 to February 13. Visions of Zimbabwe is a showcase of 13 of the country's top artists at a critical time in their country's history.
Other highlights include powerful photographs of the Zimbabwean people and posters based on the United Nations Articles of human rights.
Thebe, who once used a human body as a canvas, said: "I wanted to make a statement about the scourge of Aids at a time when there is a real drive within Zimbabwe for people to do something to protect themselves against the disease.
"My brother is one of the victims, so the idea came with plenty of inspiration and determination.
"It is meant to be provocative because it is vital to grab international attention. The dress has been on display at the National Gallery in Harare, but Manchester is the first British gallery to see our work."