You may remember Cynthia Davis as a Carl Wilkens fellow or because of her involvement with the Canvas Peace Project, which promotes awareness of the atrocities occurring in Sudan and of the struggles of women living in areas of conflict through canvas artwork. However, you may not be aware of her partnership with Kirsten Campbell or of their Attention / ¡Atención art exhibit featured at Untitled BCN in Barcelona, Spain, on May 11th.
Inspired by Cynthia’s work with the Canvas Peace Project, Kirsten challenged 10 artists to learn about contemporary genocide and the struggles of Sudan and South Sudan and to create art based on their experiences. The result is the Attention / ¡Atención exhibit. It is the hope of all involved, that Attention / ¡Atención become a platform to bring attention to the continued human rights atrocities that affect the people of Sudan and South Sudan, to raise hope and promote a positive impact towards a better future.
Attention /¡Atención was created with the help of Gabriel Bol Deng, a Lost Boy of Sudan. Gabriel founded the organization Hope for Ariang in an attempt to bring education, financial and logistical support to his war torn village of Ariang and the surrounding areas of South Sudan. All proceeds from the exhibit will go directly to Hope for Ariang.
“I think that this project is a great opportunity to spread awareness, not just about the conflict in Sudan but also about social injustice in general. Awareness goes a long way and can sometimes produce actions that can lead to solutions. I also like the idea of not only dwelling on the suffering but also on the hope and the idea that things can and should be better.”
— Miguel Inumerable
We commend the work of these artists as they tell the stories of victims affected by mass atrocities through the visual arts. By sharing stories of grief, tragedy and inspiration of those affected by conflict, they are creating space for reflection and discussion on what peace, relief and justice could look like in Sudan and South Sudan and what our role is to bring that about.