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Re: “Joel D. Valdez Main Library

I just want to express my admiration for this work and the artist.

Still life in Rwanda is truly a powerful exhibit, artistically beautiful, emotionally draining to contemplate and initially even depressing. Yet the work you so beautifully executed makes a statement that there is hope, that we can learn from the past and that even though no place is really safe from the violence and hatred you identified, by becoming aware of the dangers and the demons in the human psyche it will be possible to one day make the "Never Again" ideal a reality.

After the exhibit, the friend I was with and I went to dinner and then sat on my patio and talked about the exhibit, what it must have taken the artist physically, emotionally and psychically to do the work and the promise of coming to terms with the horror in order to create a better, safer and saner world. We talked for hours.

This work has made the world a better place by having the courage to face the reality of genocide, chaos and violence without allowing the reality overwhelm. I'm inspired by this work! Thanks to the library for sharing it. Too many of us just turn away, unseeing from the headlines and lose ourselves in the day to day reality of frothy talking heads. The artist Eleni Sakeller and the Joel D. Valdez Main Library have done humanity a service by cutting through the media hype and clutter to overcome that tendency to avoid the reality and rather force us to make an honest assessment of what happened, the potential for it to happen virtually anywhere (I'm thinking of the "Minute Men" on the border a hundred miles south or less and the seething cities of America) and the need to be aware (beware) the evil that lurks in the hearts of humanity. Really focusing on this exhibition and then talking it through has had a profound influence on me.

Michael Foudy

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Posted by mfoudy on 08/12/2010 at 11:24 AM

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