University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Voice to Vision exhibition Sept. 10 focuses on victims of genocide

The University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) will hold an opening reception for the Voice to Vision art exhibition on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Col. Eugene Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center.  The reception will feature remarks from UND President Robert O. Kelley.

Many survivors of genocidal violence in the past century have harrowing memories and give powerful testimonies of an unquenchable will to survive.  Voice to Vision, a collaboration between artists and survivors from places such as Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet, captures and communicates the victims’ experiences through works of visual art.  The project is the brainchild of University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting David Feinberg.

In addition to President Kelley, opening reception speakers will include UND Art and Design Department Chair Art Jones, and former genocide prosecutor and Associate Professor of Law Gregory S. Gordon.  A short film will be shown and the Gallery will remain open after the reception. Desserts and refreshments will be served.

“The Center is honored that President Kelley has agreed to take part in this event,” said Gordon, who is also Director of CHRGS.  “This exhibition uniquely presents the incredible stories of those who have survived some of the most tragic and evil events of the last century, and represents an incredible opportunity to share these stories with the Grand Forks community.”

Other programs related to the Voice to Vision exhibition follow.

•             On Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center, exhibition creator David Feinberg will offer a workshop on “Memory and Place,” which will allow participants to  explore the process of creating collaborative art.

•             On Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center, Feinberg will lecture on “Confronting Violence through Collaborative Art.”

•             On Sept. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m., Feinberg will offer guided tours of the exhibition.

•             On Sept. 18, 7:15 p.m., Hughes Fines Arts Center, visiting artist Audrey Flack will lecture on “Genocide and Visual Art.”

•             On Sept. 25, 7 p.m., in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, CHRGS Fall Visiting Fellow Natalie Pierce will participate in a panel discussion on “Detention and Degrading Treatment.”

•             On Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library, UND faculty from multiple  disciplines will participate in a panel discussion on “Dimensions of Traumatic Memory.”

All events are free and open to the public.  Sponsors include the UND Office of the President, the UND Art and Design Department, the University of Minnesota Department of Art, and O’ for Heaven’s Cakes N’ More.