Art & Social Justice Conference
Saint Louis, MO
Seventh Biannual Meeting of the International Association of Genocide
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
First Steps Towards Prevention
Typically when war and
genocide are conveyed in our culture, the images rely on the shocking
nature of these horrible situations. As one survivor from the DR
Congo put it, they extend the dehumanization he felt as a genocidal
target. If we are to encourage our communities to work towards prevention,
we need to present genocide in a way that is accessible so it cultivates
compassion. Although it is one of the most severe conditions of
our world, we can address it from an individual and human perspective
without either sensationalizing or trivializing it. Based on a site
specific installation in Sarajevo as well as the 2007 Genocide exhibition
at the Mizel Museum, this presentation will describe how fine artists
have manifested firsthand experiences with genocide as thoughtful
and sensitive reflections. These reflections include addressing
issues of disregard for human lives as well as the environment,
memory, resilience, survival and reconciliation.
conference presentation given by Lee Lee
- April, 2007
Weight of Complacency
10 "Glocal" artist interpret Genocide
World War II ended, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called
the atrocities that occurred “a crime that has no name.”
But by the time the Nuremberg trials began, genocide was the very
real name given the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial,
political, or cultural group.
Artists Interpret Genocide displays fine art that deals with
one of the most severe conditions of our world from an individual
and human perspective. Participating artists address the issues
of disregard for individual lives and the environment, memory, resilience,
survival and reconciliation.
All of the
artists present firsthand experiences through thoughtful and sensitive
reflections without either sensationalizing or trivializing the
subject. Indeed, much of the work comments in admiration
on the strength and resilience of genocide survivors.
these varied mediums, the exhibition illuminates the realities of
modern day genocide and seeks to motivate its viewers to begin dialogues
with themselves and others, asking questions and demanding answers
as to why and how genocide can be condoned today.
of Mizel Museum Exhibition Regarding Genocide
who are doing constructive work in areas that continue to be affected
Path International; landmine clearance and survivor assistance
in Southeast Asia.
Watch; building an international movement to prevent
and stop genocide.
International; helping communities become self reliant
all over the world.
Museum; Presenting educational art installations in regards
to the Holocaust & Genocide
committed to creating solutions to global poverty, hunger and social
Caucus for Art; creating community through art, education,
and social activism.