Scent of Freedom 2004
by Atem Aleu

2007 • 004

Oil on Canvas.
24 x 18.5 inches / 61 x 47 cm

Lent by the Sudanese Education Fund

Scent of Freedom 2004

There is an image of a figure that is smelling the air which represents freedom with images of other apparitions in the left hand corner.

Atem Aleu

Everybody didn't believe that they could be free one day - in their minds they think there is nowhere they can be free and there's nowhere to go in the Sudan. Even if you go to the east, north, you still face the same thing. It’s not like war is everywhere but because of race, if you’re black, it doesn't matter what part of the country you go to, the history is behind you.

Daniel Kuany

Symbolism of colors as described by Atem Aleu

Red: Danger
Yellow: Hope
Green: Peace
White and Blue: Purity
Purple: Mix of Danger and Purity

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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.