Alcaston Gallery – Contemporary Art and Indigenous Perpectives

While walking the Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Trail I found Alcaston Gallery located at one of the heritage sites. A contemporary art gallery, Alcaston specializes in indigenous art and supports over 200 artists in total. The gallery places Aboriginal art within a wider Australian context, avoiding the common error of ghettoizing indigenous paintings to a special … Continue reading

Talking Satire with Song Byeok

I was thrilled this week to get a chance to interview Song Byeok, former State Propaganda Artist for North Korea. Song lost both parents and a sister to the famine of the 1990s that ravaged his homeland. After trying to escape into China to find food, he was tortured by the same government he used … Continue reading

Beauty and Horror: Susan Crile

I’m thrilled to share the work of a thoughtful visual artist with you today: Susan Crile (susancrile.com). She has worked extensively on themes of conflict. Her series In Our Name depicts images of torture at the hand of U.S. forces. Her Abu Ghraib pieces show the now infamous photographs from that scandal in a different … Continue reading

World Refugee Day On Canvas

It was World Refugee Day yesterday, when advocacy groups, resettlement programs and survivors of displacement reflected on stories of survival and the challenges ahead for the over 15 million refugees still searching for home. At the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), staff members reflected on another huge number as well: 100 years of … Continue reading

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