Traveling Colombian Exhibit

Event Details

Date: May 9 - May 15, 2010

Location: Siverson Lounge in Morrison Commons

On April 18, Lutheran World Relief launched a traveling art exhibit called Remember Me: Voices of the Silenced in Colombia. Augustana College is hosting this exhibition in the Morrison Commons Siverson Lounge from May 10-16, 2010.

The exhibition will be available at the following places and dates in our area.

May 10-16 Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD)
May 17-31 First Lutheran Church (Sioux Falls, SD)
June 1-9 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Sioux Falls, SD)
June 10-13 South Dakota Synod Assembly (Rapid City, SD)
June 14-23 Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Sioux Falls, SD)

The Problem
Colombia’s 50-year conflict has killed 70,000 people and displaced nearly four million others, making it the worst chronic humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere—second in the world only to Sudan. Talk to the people of Colombia and you will be hard-pressed to find a family who cannot tell of how violence has affected their lives.

Yet their stories, and the stories of so many other families, will go unheard.

Why Remember Me?
The victims of this conflict deserve to be heard. At Remember Me: Voices of the Silenced in Colombia, you will hear stories of struggle and courage from the victims of violence themselves. As U.S. citizens we hold tremendous power to promote peace. After hearing our Colombian neighbors’ stories, you will be asked to take action to help end the conflict in Colombia and ensure U.S. support for peace and justice in the country. Hear the stories and let your heart be moved.

Who Made the Art?
The art came directly from Colombia, created and inspired by victims of violence.

The gallery’s foundation consists of testimonies from individual victims and entire communities affected by violence in San Onofre, Sucre, and the province of Putumayo—principally from the areas of La Hormiga and San Miguel. Several Lutheran World Relief partner organizations worked to construct the gallery: Asociación MINGA, Fundación Manuel Cepeda, Agenda Caribe and Entrópico Theatre group. Accompanied by Lutheran World Relief, these organizations have spent years with these communities, working to record their testimonies, promote healing and advocate for justice.

Who is LWR?
Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world's most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.

Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility.


Jeff Venekamp
Student Activities