Atem Aleu organized the first workshop in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya)
in 2004. At that time twenty refugees were accepted to participate in
it, however, the group of artists has been expanding ever since and
Atem with the support of the Utah Arts Council and several dedicated
individuals has been regularly returning from the U.S. to teach in the
camp. "I have new faces every year, but sometimes because of lack of
material and lack of budget, I can’t take everyone," says Atem.
the work at Kakuma, Atem is also conducting a workshop in Uganda, which
fifteen artists attending.
really interested in putting energy into art, and also their paintings
have a lot of messages and they’re allowing a lot of people to learn
about the war and the situation in Africa," thinks Atem.
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.