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I had the idea to have an art show to kick off HIV awareness month for July. I bounced the idea off my friend Carlos and he was on board. We later mentioned it to his cousin Tabitha and together we worked on making the show a reality.
We named the show E.N.U.F. (Empowering New Understanding Forever) and designed the show to feature both HIV positive and negative artists to help raise awareness and celebrate the lives of people LIVING with HIV or AIDS here in Los Angeles.
The show was a complete success in every single way. Featuring over 40 artists, DJ's GIO, DA BLENDA, BEAT COLLECTIVE and great from The Lobos Food Truck. We were able to donate over $600 to a local AIDS service organization here in Los Angeles, as well as getting people tested for HIV.
The artwork on the cover was designed by Los Angeles based artist Lyle E. Rushing. The piece is entitled "E.N.U.F." The book features photography by Eric Angel, Carlos Rosas, Tony Orozco and myself.
Louis "Kengi" Carr is a Southern California native born and raised in beautiful Santa Monica. This proud Angeleno is the author of 5 books, a contributor with Getty Images, published writer as well as a guest speaker and community activist/advocate for people living with HIV or AIDS and homeless individuals. He's also the creator of grass roots community-based organization Project KengiKat (Do Something Saturday | Unplugging HIV) His first book, 29 Months, seen but not heard, chronicle his life through homelessness & becoming diagnosed with HIV. Others include documenting the Occupy LA encampment at City Hall, his community work and his use of art to support people living with HIV Often called a "photojournalist" or "social justice" style photographer, Kengi uses his photography to bring new awareness and understanding for social issues gripping Los Angeles as well as the nation. Although often seen on the red carpets, Kengi prefers the real life and grit of street photography.