Exhibition of Embroidered poems
A joint Designing Hope / "Le Printemps des Poètes", project, this is an exhibition of french poem embroidered by HIV + women in Swaziland, presented in the cultural center "Maison des Ensemble", in Paris. With the support of Bristol Myers Squibb.
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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.


In addition to the exhibition, and within the "week for international solidarity", Designing Hope will host two morning talks at the "Maison des Ensembles", one with young people with a high school district, and the other with members of the association "Le Refuge" in order to raise awareness and present the actions on the ground in Africa.

"Le Refuge" is a national organization offering social and psychological support to boys and girls, victims of homophobia and family breakdown.


"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 embroidred by the women.

Hassan Massoudy - Carole Benzaken- Loulou de la Falaise


From the 28th october to the 22th november 2011.

Place: Maison des Ensembles
3-5 rue d’Aligre, 75012 Paris
Contact : 01 53 46 75 10
Métro : Ledru Rollin / Gare de Lyon

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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