African Traditions 2004
by Victor Jal

2007 • 015

Acrylic on Canvas.
36 x 23.9 inches / 91 x 61 cm

Lent by the Sudanese Education Fund

African Traditions 2004

This painting evidently evokes the refugee’s journey from Dinkaland in southern Sudan to northern Kenya. Above, we see a traditional Dinka rural scene; below we see a Turkana woman wearing beads, from the area around the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya.


That would not be a village, because in a village, nobody can have a fence around the houses. In the village they have buildings like that, but there is no fence around them. If you want to build a fence it is to protect the farm and not the house.

Franco Majok

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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.