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Making Sense: A Rwandan Story art exhibition

Helen Wilson, A Rwandan Story art exhibition

A new art exhibition is on view to staff and students during October in the Main Foyer and a talk by the Artist, Helen Wilson on Tuesday 20 October at 5.30pm in The Sumpner Lecture Theatre. 

Helen Wilson has been painting images of Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, which claimed the lives of over a million people in 100 days. Having met survivors and visited the genocide sites, she produced new works that show both the beauty of Rwanda and the resilience of its people in the face of a massive human tragedy.

Helen says, 'Trying to make sense of what happened in Rwanda has been at the heart of my work for nearly a decade. I want to express through this project as much as possible about Rwanda as it is today - the beauty and the tragedy, and the dignity and grace of its people in the aftermath of the genocide. I am not a politician or a journalist, but I can paint. That’s my communication tool. I want to represent what I saw clearly and accurately, to offer understanding and hope for the future'.

This exhibition shows a selection of prints of paintings[1] from 'Making Sense: A Rwandan Story', a collaborative project and exhibition, inspired by a visit the artist Helen Wilson made to Rwanda in 2002. The paintings tell a powerful and moving story of personal dignity, courage and survival.

Making Sense: A Rwandan Story was accompanied by a documentary film about the artist’s work on this project. It was produced by award-winning cameraman Mike Fox and BBC director Kate Broome, who have previously made television programmers together in Rwanda.

Helen will be visiting Aston on Tuesday 20 October to show the film and to talk about her experiences in Rwanda and the way these are communicated through her paintings. This event will take place at 5.30pm in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre. All welcome.

Book a place for the talk.

[1] The original paintings have been donated to the Rwanda Government for exhibition in Rwanda.

 

 

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