About the Exhibit


  • A report on the exhibit has appeared in the Brandeis Reporter. Check out the article.
  • On Tuesday, December 5th, the exhibit will open in the Goldfarb Library in Brandeis University.

Curatorial Process

In developing this exhibition, the students in the Museums and Public Memory class at Brandeis University have tried to honor the many voices and concerns of our south Sudanese community partners. Whenever possible, we have quoted directly from commentaries about the paintings by members of the community, drawing on interviews conducted in person or over the telephone. In some cases, we have ventured tentative interpretations of the paintings, while acknowledging that our understandings of the paintings and the traumatic history they evoke are limited.

We recognize that these paintings constitute an important cultural patrimony for members of the south Sudanese Diaspora. Mindful that these paintings serve as tangible memorials to those who did not survive the massacres and the exodus, we have tried to exhibit the images in a respectful manner.

Our exhibition development process has been collaborative and experimental. We spent several weeks meeting in the gallery where the paintings were initially exhibited, discussing exhibition strategy, caption and design problems. Our south Sudanese community partners visited the gallery and generously shared their reflections on the images. We have used WebCT, a web-based course platform, to share these interviews with one another, develop captions, and discuss our interpretive decisions. We hope that this webpage will serve as a more permanent virtual exhibition as the paintings move to other exhibition sites both on campus and off.

It is our hope that this exhibition will raise awareness of conditions in the southern Sudan and in refugee camps in neighboring countries. We encourage active engagement by students and others in the continuing quest for peace, justice and sustainable development in south Sudan. At the same time, we urge everyone to welcome and support resettled southern Sudanese women and men within the United States.

Class List

Professor Mark Auslander (Read comments by the instructor)

Teaching Assistant
Margaret Grady-Troia

Special Assistant for Community-Engaged Learning
Bashir Martin

Namita Aggarwal (Read comments by this student)
Claire M. Alexander
Rosella C. Bahni (Read comments by this student)
Lara R. Billet
Kimberly Burk
Elana A. Chernick-Kritz
Kara E. Gagnon (Read comments by this student)
Adi Grabiner Keinan (Read comments by this student)
Nadia Hemady
Anna Jaysane-Darr
Laura John
Ieva Jusionyte (Read comments by this student)
Jessica L. Koyle
Miriam M. Landau
Olajide Olagunju
Carol Prost (Read comments by this student)
Aduei A. Riak
Sara A. Ronis
Esther B. Schloss
Gabriela Schwarz (Read comments by this student)
Addie Shmuel
Rose Beatriz Stimson
Anastazyia M. Vareschi
Haiyan Ye

This website has been developed by the Museums and Public Memory (Anth 159a) class taught by Professor Mark Auslander at Brandeis University. Images have been reproduced with the permission of the African Refugee Artists Club.