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September 1, 2008

Voices To Vision

Voice To Vision in the Katherine Nash Gallery
Voice to vision is designed to tell stories of Genocide survivors who are making it home in Minnesota. I viewed three pieces by Marie, who is a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Henry who is a survivor from the Nazi concentration camps and Massis who is a descendant of the survivors from the Armenian genocide by the Turks.
Marie - a Hutu- tells a story about how her husband – a Tutsi – moved away at the beginning of the ethnic cleansing to avoid her family being killed. She with her husband, a son and a daughter fled the country when the genocide was beginning.
Henry – A Jew who was put into the concentration camps during the Nazi era also talked about his experiences during the extermination. He wanted to be free so He would ignore all the rules that were set for him. His story reinforced the idea that many people who came to make the United States their home were in need of freedom to do whatever they wanted to do without any interference. His artwork spoke to the heart of topic. His voice spoke through his artwork showing us what he went through during that time.
Finally Massis – A descendant of the Armenian genocide or massacre survivors got a scholarship to come to the United States and study. His artwork described this transition and the kind of freedom that he experienced when he made Minnesota his home.
The description of the lives of these people as they made their transition from massacre to freedom is very remarkable as they provide a way for us to understand their stories while admiring their artworks.