The Crossroads Gallery presents Artists in Motion: Illustrations of Perilous Journeys featuring paintings by Eritrean refugees living in the Ethiopian Mai Aini refugee camp. In addition to the paintings, there are also photographs of the artists and community members.
In Eritrea, many of the painters fled grave human rights abuses, ranging from torture to forced military conscription. Upon fleeing to Ethiopia they have been given one option: settle in camps for an indefinite amount of time. They are provided with basic education, healthcare, and housing, but opportunities beyond camp life are slim to none.
The artists whose works are being shown hope to share their stories, the stories of their friends, and to pass on information about the dangerous choices they face. The artists range in age from 13 to 45 and come from a variety of backgrounds. They hope that “in addition to preventing their fellow refugees from taking dangerous routes, their work will also inspire policymakers and world leaders to pursue policies that allow refugees to live and move in more dignified ways.” (Artists in Motion catalog)
A public panel discussion by Dr. Rahul Oka, Dr. Drea Howenstein, Ed Grode, and Angela Wells about the project, human rights issues, and the JRS service will be held at the public reception on Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
This exhibition is organized by the Jesuit Refugee Service with support from the Crossroads Gallery, Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. For further information on the Jesuit Refugee Service and the people they help, please visit their website www.jrsea.org.