PROJECT HARTWORK

 

Creating Hope through ART

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Project HARTwork
Building an international network of artists and supporters working together to end human trafficking.
﷯Project HARTwork and ESQLegal invite you to enjoy wine and cheese at our “Spirit of Africa” event during RiNo's First Friday. The show will feature painting and sculpture from the western regions of Africa and will be on display for the entire month of January. “My paintings are personal expression of my lifelong fascination with the visual effects of color,” said Senegalese HARTwork artist Oumaba whose work along with that of other artists residing on Gorée Island will be on display. Colorful folk art including oil paintings ranging from musical ensembles to the traditional life will be complimented by collages of linen, cloth, canvas and other native materials, hand carved figurines of wildlife, sand paintings and mud clothes. Gorée Island, which lays a short ferry ride away from the thriving metropolis of Dakar, Senegal, is small and can only be accessed only by foot. The island used to serve as a point of departure for slaves being shipped all over the world. Today it houses museums and memorials to the slave trade including the “House of Slaves” built by the Dutch during in 1776 where African men, women and children were held before being auctioned off from the courtyard that lies in the center of the building. “The Door of No Return” at the back of the building is where the sold off slaves made their way to ships waiting to whisk them away to foreign lands. Today Gorée Island is also the home of a group of artists who served as the inspiration for Project HARTwork. HARTwork artist Ousmane Mane said it best: “Through my art I express myself freely. My artistic expression appears in different ways: such as melodic, painting and photography through which I see and do my best to convey love and beauty. My hope is that people everywhere can benefit from my vision of life. I draw my inspiration from the history of my island which now represents a place of freedom and creativity.”
Creating Hope through ART
Creating Hope through ART
Creating Hope through ART
Creating Hope through ART