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Rwanda, 1994-2014: Seven Photographers


Rwanda, 1994-2014: Seven Photographers

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Friday, June 6, 2014
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Fine Art Galleries
Cost: free

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Rwanda, 1994-2014 brings together more than two dozen works by leading photographers and conceptual artists who were in Rwanda at the time of the genocide or else who have visited the nation since. Powerful images in black and white by Fazal Sheikh and Robert Lyons suggest insights into a broad spectrum of concerns from the 1990s: from representations of human cruelty, to images attesting to individuals’ determination to survive amidst scarcity, to acts of retribution and justice. Alfredo Jaar's installation Six Seconds deploys a single photograph taken in Rwanda to create a highly impactful experience. Other photographers who have returned to Rwanda in the two decades since 1994 form yet another critical dimension of this project. Large color prints by Paige Stoyer, Michal Safdie, Riccardo Gangale, and Vanessa Vick provide a nuanced view of the changes still taking place in Rwanda. Taken together, the photographic imagery displayed at USD reminds us of the significance of this humanitarian crisis, as well as its painful aftermath, and causes us to ponder the peacetime solutions at work within the region.

An opening reception followed by a panel discussion for the exhibition will be held on April 24. The reception will take place in the Fine Art Galleries from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion entitled Preventing Mass Atrocities: Lessons Learned in Rwanda, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Peace & Justice Theatre. For more information on the panel discussion and other programing done in part with the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace of Studies, please go to

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