Opening Reception: Raffael Lomas' 8000 Paperclips & 1 Skype Call

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Opening Reception: Raffael Lomas' 8000 Paperclips & 1 Skype Call
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New Americans Museum says
8000 paper clips and one Skype call
A project by Raffael Lomas
curated by Olga Sureda Guasch

On view Aug 4 through Aug 25 at NAM

In 2011 a group of young South Sudanese refugees, some born in Israel, were deported from Israel when South Sudan declared its independence. TED Fellow and renowned Israeli artist Raffael Lomas came upon this unique situation that immediately inspired him to develop a project, when he also found out that Come True, an Israeli non-profit organization, was providing personal sponsorship to the deported children, allowing them safe life and education in Uganda.

In his first trip to Uganda in 2014, Raffael Lomas met the student refugees, becoming aware immediately that deportation had a grave impact on the children with a loss of community and blurred their sense and understanding of a home. Together Raffael with the group of children created a unique art installation of a house made by 8000 paperclips. The foundation for the project was to create a method utilizing artistic and creative tools in order to bring about a social change. Yet, the goal was to have the piece be mobile friendly in order to rebuild it in Israel and skype the community they were forced to leave in Israel. On January 23rd 2015 at 10 am, a skype call was scheduled around the art installation house, between the refugees and their friends, sponsors, ex-teachers, and family, in Tel Aviv...

This project shines a powerful light and beckons the question of how one can bridge the gap between the art world with social activism. Socially engaged art can ignite outrage demanding for change, and providing a platform for reflection, building community and collaboration. Don;t miss seeing it during its 3 weeks at New Americans Museum... opens Thurs Aug 4, 6pm

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