IMAGES OF THE CRISIS
Established 2012 Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB)
The works in ‘Images of the Crisis’ were created as part of an art project conducted by the Red Cross and the University of Papua New Guinea in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Introduced to reproductions of the work of Bougainville artist Herman Somuk (also in APT9), participants were invited to visually record their memories of the Bougainville Crisis, as well as their hopes for the future. The resulting works include scenes of combat and violence, figures running from burning houses, as well as portraits of crying figures. The symbol of the church is a recurring motif, acknowledging the importance of faith and church groups as a place of refuge and healing both during and following the crisis. At times directly referencing Somuk’s compositions, as well as his mobilisation of new mediums, these paintings project the artist’s experience of their dramatically changing world onto a broader stage.