For how long must I wrestle with my thought and everyday have sorrow in my heart 2004
by Peter Makuol Maketh

2007 • 016

Acrylic on Canvas.
32 x 24 inches / 81 x 61 cm

Lent by the Sudanese Education Fund

For How Long Must I Wrestle With my Thought 2004

Our Sudanese community partners explain that during the southern Sudanese struggle women have taken special responsibilities to pray for the souls of the dead and for the coming of peace.  We heard different interpretations of the diagonal element worn by the praying woman. One person believed she was wearing an ammunition belt and holster, and commented on women’s double roles as liberation fighters and as spiritual guides. Another person understood the sash as a religious symbol, signifying the power of faith in the face of tragic death and loss.

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.