This exhibition, curated by Bradley McCallum, brings together artists who challenge us to examine complex and layered political issues and prompt us to consider how these issues impact others through artwork that humanizes and transforms.
The exhibition highlights the different ways artists have responded to situations of extreme conflict, abuse of power, and international engagement. Some of the artist have long been committed to politically engaged work while others address a single instance of abuse. Some question the role of a nation, while others examine the more personal forces of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Throughout 2012, Richard Mosse and his collaborators travelled in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, infiltrating armed rebel groups in a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence. His most recent ‘Infra’ series captures the ongoing war between rebel factions and the Congolese national army in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
RICHARD MOSSE, Mother Sky, 2010, Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, some victims say that they have forgiven their perpetrators. Photographers Pieter Hugo and Lana Mesić travelled to Rwanda in early 2014 to visualize their forgiveness.
PIETER HUGO, François, perpetrator (left); Christophe, survivor, 2014, Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
This person used to have brothers and sisters I mean two siblings and a child, we fled together and then his junior brother came back. I was there when he was killed. I am not the one who killed him, but I was committed to tell him who killed his brother, if he happened to come back. He asked me why I could not save him, and I told him that I could not, because it was the order from the authorities. But I promised to denounce the killers before the court of law, I told him that killers were present but asked him forgiveness because his brother was killed in my presence. Then he asked me why I pleaded guilty, and I replied him that I did it as someone who witnessed this crime but who was unable to save anybody.
The reason why I preferred to forgive is because that all the problems caused by the event which happened in Rwanda were not brought about by simple peasant farmers but they were involved in it by the regime in power at the time. Before, all of us as simple peasant farmers used to live in harmony. There was no discrimination between Hutus and Tutsis. When I granted forgiveness I felt a rest in my mind and I ceased to consider anyone like being against me for example this one I treat him like a brother, don’t you see, I treat him like a brother.
Left: LANA MESIC, He killed her son and she forgave him. Now she treats him like her own son; Right: LANA MESIC, Around ten of her family members were killed, he was among the killers. They are neighbors. Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
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Three of my family survived. Many more were killed, around ten. There are some people who have not yet asked for forgiveness, but with him, we tried to settle our conflict. He came to me and I granted him pardon and he knows I am sincere. I have a good relationship with him; there are no issues.
I committed genocide. I witnessed the killings and I was among the killers. I am glad I was released; jail is not a good place to live. I thank her for her kindness. Forgiveness is something good. When one asks for forgiveness and receives it, it makes one feel happy and allows one to find peace. We are neighbours. If she were to cry for help, I would not hesitate to rescue her, and if she assigns me a job, I will do it so we can feel united.
LANA MESIC, Scale of Forgiveness 01/i>, Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
Ai Weiwei’s Study of Perspective is a photo series completed between 1995 and 2011. In each of the photographs the artist’s middle finger is defiantly positioned in front of the world's most notable seats of cultural and political authority--from Tiananmen Square to the White House, to the painting of the Mona Lisa.
AI WEIWEI, Study of Perspective, 1995-2011, 2014, Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
This exhibition is on display until January 17, 2015 at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.