THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Darfur/Darfur

September 7, 2007

The ICA presents an awareness-raising day of larger-than-life images of the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.  The images, by some of the most important photojournalists working today, will be projected on large screens inside the ICA's Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, as part of the unique traveling exhibit, Darfur/Darfur.  The exhibit will be here for one day only as part of its tour of 24 U.S. cities in as many months.

Curated by Leslie Thomas, Darfur/Darfur will use high-quality projectors to show the work of seven photojournalists and one former U.S. Marine, accompanied by Sudanese-inspired music. The rotating, digitally projected images provide visual education about the richly multicultural region while exposing the horrors of the ongoing crisis.  In the evening, these projected images will be visible outside the museum as well, through the glass walls of the theater.

Schedule

10 am to 3 pm
Digitally projected photographs will be displayed in the theater. The loop, which will play continually, is approximately six minutes long, with 170 images.  Admission is free with museum admission.

7 to 8:30 pm
Keynote address by Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide

Overview of the crisis and needs of the refugees and displaced people with Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director of Cambridge-based Nobel Prize Winning Physicians for Human Rights and Cambridge photographer Michal Ronnen Safdie.

Performance by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

Tickets to the evening speaking program are SOLD OUT. Loudspeakers will be set up on the plaza outside the ICA to make the program audible to all, free of charge.

8:30 to 10 pm
The large-scale photos will also be visible through the museum's glass walls. There will also be a free outdoor musical performance by Berklee College of Music Voices of Mercy, performing original music written to raise awareness of the plight of women and children affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Admission to the outdoor evening event, which happens regardless of weather, is free.

 

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