Trucking Through the AIDS Belt
Creating a visual narrative for written word.
Create a visual narrative for a piece of text and define a new interpretation of the work.
I chose to work with a text by Ted Conover, a journalist and non-fiction author, titled “Trucking Through the AIDS Belt.”
Published in The New Yorker in August 1993, this 17-thousand word piece is the author’s true account of a journey along the remote routes of eastern Africa with long-distance truck drivers.
“Affectionately revered as cowboys in convoy,” the long-distance drivers have also been identified as the “unwitting carriers of AIDS.”
To understand the content and plan the book spreads, I mapped out all the content to the location it took place, essentially creating the chapters of the book. I also began to see two different types of content: (1) describing trip events and (2) background research that takes place outside of the journey.
Graduate Studio I., Prof. Dan Boyarski
Carnegie Mellon University
Completed December 2009