Toward Greater Awareness: Darfur and American Activism

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October 20, 2011 @ 8:00 am
December 17, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
Towards Greater Awareness

Beginning in 2004, American celebrities, students, and citizens became engaged in activism against genocide in Darfur.  This exhibition showcases the work of American artist, Mitch Lewis, who explores the Darfur crisis through large sculptural works.  Text and images provide context to the artwork, analyzing the recent history of Darfur, Sudan and American activism in the region and leading viewers to question why Darfur so captured the attention of American activists.

Lewis received his BFA from the Pratt Institute and completed graduate work in sculpture at Eastern Carolina University.  His work has long dealt with themes of history and discovery through the human form. Using terra cotta, bronze, resins, and wire he renders images that both complicate and illuminate aspects of the human experience. Towards Greater Awareness focuses on the genocide which occurred in Darfur, Sudan, from 2003 to approximately 2006. In 2010 Save Darfur presented Mr. Lewis with its first Darfur Hero award; he has since received grants and other accolades for his work on this issue.

This exhibition is sponsored by UNC Global and the African Studies Center.

Exhibition Poster

: Exhibition

News Article:
 UNC Global News (October 2011)
Artist Website

“Death and Displacement in Sudan: Evidence of Continuing State-Led Genocide” October 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM
Towards Greater Awareness Opening Reception October 25, 2011 |7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Making Good Americans in Africa:  Travel, Celebrity, and the Costs of Humanitarianism November 9, 2011

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