A painting of African men being seduced by a female prostitute and being infected with AIDS; advertising an exhibition "Sexuality and death. AIDS in contemporary African art". Colour lithograph, 2003.

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Two businessmen are being seduced by a topless female half-woman half-snake. Demons tug at the men’s hair representing danger of contracting AIDS from prostitutes. The emaciated body of a young AIDS victim and a skeleton lie on the ground


Köln [Cologne] (Ubierring 45 50678 Köln) : Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde, 2003.

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 42 x 29.5 cm


Sexualität und Tod. AIDS in der zeitgenössischen afrikanischen Kunst. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde 19.10.2003 bis 25.01.2004 The painting is signed "La prostitution. Art Bodo 92" Bears logos of the following organizations: Kunststiftung NRW; eed (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst); RJM (Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde zur Förderung des Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museums der Stadt Köln, Ein Museum der Stadt Köln; WDR 3; .

Copyright note

Camille-Pierre Bodo Pambu Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde, Köln 2003 Germany 30/09/2009 Contact address for Bodo Pambu's agent in Lisbon info@africancontemporary.com UkLW Transcription from the item; web


Wellcome Collection 679209i

Creator/production credits

"Art Bodo" is the nom de plume of Camille-Pierre Bodo Pambu, called Art Bodo Pambu. According to www.africancontemporary.com, he was born in 1953 in Mandu, Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequently worked in Kinshasa. He was one of the founders of the Zaïre school of popular painting. Their works state their belief that their art could change the course of history. One of Bodo's main themes was the Ndoki Zoba (sorcery) and the aim of these paintings was to advise abandoning the practice of sorcery. In 1980, he converted to Christianity, and became a pastor in the Pentecostal church


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