Exhibition of Embroidered poems
A joint Designing Hope / "Le Printemps des Poètes" project, this is an exhibition of french poems embroidered by HIV + women in Swaziland. With the support of Bristol Myers Squibb.
Written : 2009-08-29 - Last modified 2018-06-23
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This exhibition is a unique occasion to read french poetry in an original way. It also supports a community of women highly affected by the pandemia, in Swaziland, as it involves them in an income generating activity. This project will also sensitize the French audience to the problem of the HIV-AIDS in general in Southern Africa.


"Le Printemps des Poètes", a french insitution aimimg at promoting poetry has selected the texts to be embroidered.

Additionnaly 15 artists and fashion designers have interpreted a verse that has also been fully hand embroidered by the women.

"Maison de la Poésie" in Paris from the 10th March to the 4th april 2010.

Hassan Massoudy - Carole Benzaken- Loulou de la Falaise


From the 1st december 2009, a lighter version of this exhibition has been presented in 3 hospiitals in Paris (Bichat, Saint Louis and Saint Antoine).

Designing Hope is thankfull to :


and :
UNESCO, Asssitance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, RATP, Optimark.

Useful links:

Site du Printemps des Poetes

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