Current project – I Am Syria
Opening reception Thursday, March 20
Continuing its mission working with children in conflict zones, Rogue Foundation completed an art project with boys and girls at refugee camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border at the end of November, collaborating with NGO Relief and Reconciliation for Syria.
Expanding on I Am Haiti and I Am Afghanistan, the I Am Syria project will specifically assist R&R Syria's program of trauma support for children who have been affected by the conflict. A benefit exhibition will take place at Rogue Space | Chelsea March 20-23, 2014 with an opening reception Thursday, March 20.
Each Rogue Foundation project's intent is to provide children with the materials, venue and encouragement to paint, and an outlet to express at a critical time in their lives and to support their further education.
I Am Afghanistan
Rogue Foundation traveled to Afghanistan to Le Pelican School in Kabul, a bastion to Hazarra children. The Hazarra are the the most persecuted ethnic group in that region and simply attending school can be a threatening experience, especially for girls.
The paintings the children created for the show depict the lands and homes they were forced to leave behind. Other paintings conjure new homes they wish they could inhabit someday.
For Hazara children, an education, especially for women, is considered an impossible dream. The proceeds from the I Am Afghanistan exhibition helped fund Le Pelican's mission of helping Afghan children in need.
I Am Haiti
Our initial project focused on Haiti, following the devastating earthquake in 2010. There, children of the Maranatha School and Orphanage were invited by the filmmaker to paint their hopes for the future. The 200+ images inspired the “I Am Haiti” exhibition.
Sales from the exhibition funded the rebuilding of their school, destroyed in the disaster. The children’s artwork was then commissioned to be made into luxury cashmere scarves as the annual corporate gift presented by Conde Naste to their executives and clients.
“Home”, New York
New Documentary Series – Drawing Hope
Reporting back from the frontiers of creativity