Date(s) - 04/08/2024
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
1 Kings Lane
Geneva, NY 14456
Art has long played a vital role in communicating the power of people united for change. With the inventions of photography in the 19th century and the 20th century technology allowing for the transfer of wire photos, art was able to take on an increasingly central role as a catalyst for cultural and social transformations. Recently, with the rise of cell phone photography and social media, photographs and videos can be produced and reproduced en masse with instantaneous circulation around the globe. This development has impacted how various resistance movements have been documented and rallied support for their goals.
Images, Words, and People United: The Power of Protest in Sri Lanka brings together the art and voices of the Sri Lankan community who unified against the country’s government to bring about vital change. The exhibition explores the role of art as a way of unifying and empowering the movement’s members as well as communicating their broader message to the international community. This 2022 movement, which was largely overlooked by American news outlets, utilized social media to spread its message, organize, and rise up. The exhibition features the photographs and writings of HWS students Anjalee Wanduragala ’25 and Sandeep Tissaaratchy ’26 with additional works provided by their fellow protestors.
This exhibition and related programming are in collaboration with the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium.