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Art Can’t Save Darfur, But It Might Help

by Staff


Tags: Darfur, genocide, Fabrica, art for Darfur, humanitarian art,

A map of Africa made from piles of French fries, a gory puddle of red ketchup splattered where Sudan is. A head swaddled in hundreds of iPod headphones, the flesh buckling. Thought-provoking, sure. But could these pictures save Darfur?

This art-essay in the December issue of the Walrus made by Fabrica, the creative team behind the Utne Independent Press Award-nominated Colors, is an artful stab at highlighting the brutal realties of life in Sudan. While the pieces might seem twee when compared to the genocide, the art sticks with you. Will it solve the Sudanese humanitarian crisis? Probably not. But it might help to keep the tragedy on our minds for just a little bit longer—maybe inspire one more person to write a letter to a representative or join the campaign to end the genocide—and that’s doing something. —Brendan Mackie