August 25- 27
Harbourfront Centre

Granny Don

Kristy Chu

Over twenty years ago, when society was still closed-minded, Granny Don was infected with HIV by her ex-husband. Her parents kicked her out of the house, and her children lost contact with her. After being homeless for a while, she settled down at the Harmony Home Association Center and began helping to take care of the other residents and children. Now in her seventies, although she uses a wheelchair, she is still very energetic, has a loud voice, and loves to dress up. She enjoys arranging potted plants and even cheekily asks the staff to secretly buy her some fried chicken! When you meet her, you would never know how much she has been through.

For this work, Kristy Chu visited Granny Don and got to know her personally. The vibrant colours, black clothing, and hidden trinkets in the painting portray Grandma Don’s sassy attitude. The purpose of this work is to convey her energy and let the world see – this is the spirit of the U generation!

Whether it’s the U in U=U or the H in HIV, they are just 7% of the 26 alphabet letters. There is much more to everyone that deserves to be seen.

Kristy Chu

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