Art Can’t Save Darfur, But It Might Help

| 11/28/2007 10:50:34 AM

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

11/29/2007 11:58:50 PM

This artwork is refreshing despite its troubling subject matter – the plight of those in Darfur. As a Canadian law student I am stuck in the world of words, and how I yearn to get the visual creative juices flowing. Fabrica’s imagery is accessible to so many, a very important advocacy tool. I’ll do what I can today, and that is to add some insight into any inspiration people get from visualizing this with an interest to lobby the governments and wonder what to say with punch. I encourage you write to your government and raise the fact that they, as part of the international community have a responsibility to act when genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing occurs and governments fail to protect vulnerable people to such atrocities – all world leaders agreed to this in 2005. The international community is failing to live up to its international obligation given the RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT DOCTRINE. Information on this doctrine is readily available online – check it out!

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