Peace Is Present When People Joy in Love 2004
by Ajang Atem Awuol

2007 • 008

Acrylic on Canvas.
40 x 29.5 inches / 102 x 75 cm

Lent by the Sudanese Education Fund

Peace Is Present When People Joy in Love 2004


A symbolic painting representing the creation of the New Sudan and its welcoming by the people – the country of peace and love.


The flags are of Kenya, Northern Sudan, another Sudan flag by Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and the American flag. But what they mean by one big heart is peace. Also the dove symbolizes it. The pastor is praying for the peace in Sudan, which people can now have in Kenya.

Atem Garang

 

This painting represents the New Sudan and its welcoming by the people – the country of peace and love. The big dove symbolizes that peace can only be achieved through the separation of the Christian (South) and Muslim (North) states respectively, and it involves action on the part of the U.S. (represented by American flag). Therefore, the Northern Sudanese and Kenyan flag are in the background (symbolizing the past and the separation), while the Southern Sudanese flag is at the forefront, along with the Christian priest.

Aduei Riak











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