Metamorphosis: From Sudan to America in Art and Image
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Art Opening on Sept 13, 2018, 6:30 PM
On Display Sept 1 - Sept 29
Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln MA
Twenty years ago, news of The Lost Boys of Sudan hit headlines across America, eliciting an outpouring of support and concern. Today, many people ask, "what's happened with those guys?" Come be inspired and educated on the path refugees and immigrants to America walk as they seek a better, safer future for themselves and their families.
"Metamorphosis" is a celebration of the spirit of hope and perseverance that the South Sudanese have shown in establishing stable lives for themselves in the US after being displaced from their land of birth.
Photographs by Ellen Morgan capturing recent life of the Lost Boys and Girls from Sudan will be paired with paintings of life in Sudan originally curated by Mark Auslander, a respected sociocultural anthropologist and national expert in the art of the African diaspora.
Themes explored include education, health, women's roles, work, racism, loss, faith, and family. The exhibition will also feature the three young men who were originally resettled in Lincoln: Charles, Peter and Kuol. Since they first moved into the farmhouse at Codman Farm, what have they done? Where have they gone? How did the Town of Lincoln help them? Come find out!
Approximately 3,500 young Sudanese refugees arrived in the United States in 2000 and 2001. Of these, approximately 150 settled in the Greater Boston area, many of whom have completed their studies, started careers and are now raising families of their own.
The following excerpt from Mark Auslander's exhibition notes provides some background on the paintings:
The artists featured in this exhibition come from southern Sudanese communities violently displaced during the early stages of the second Sudanese Civil War (1983-1995). At this time, many of the artists were young children. They fled to Ethiopia, escaping conscription by the north Sudanese army, slavery, and death. Sadly, continuing conflict in the early 1990's forced many to flee yet again. In their search for relief and safety, many died of starvation, exposure, or attacks by wild animals. The survivors, known to the world as the "Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan," found relative safety in Kenya, Uganda and other neighboring countries.
Reacting to the forced displacement of his people, the artist and former refugee Atem Aleu, returned to the Kakuma refugee camp armed with art materials. He provided other refugees with supplies and lessons, allowing them to capture their memories of home and to express their hopes for the future.
A peace agreement signed in January 2005, allowed for a formal cessation of hostilities against the southern Sudanese. Some former refugees and internally displaced persons are now returning to their homes, seeking to rebuild their war-ravaged communities. Despite this, great concerns about health, security, and economic stability remain major regional issues. Meanwhile, millions remain at risk in Sudan's western region of Darfur, due to an ongoing genocide campaign.