Art of the South Sudanese Diaspora:
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Art Opening on Sept 13, 2018, 6:30 PM
On Display Sept 1 - Sept 29
Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln MA
On September 13, 2018 there will be an opening for an exhibit of art of the South Sudanese diaspora paired with current photos of South Sudanese in Massachusetts at The Lincoln Public Library in Lincoln, MA.
This exhibition of paintings originally curated in 2007 by Mark Auslander at Brandeis University in the show "Leave the Bones, Catch the Land" will be re-presented in its current context. The following summary is excerpted from the original show's exhibition notes:
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.
Approximately 3,500 young south 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.