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Art of Seeing: Focus on Rwanda

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"Art of Seeing" is a series of paintings and collages that brings to life the faces, stories, and questions I encountered while living in Rwanda. My artwork explores human connections across cultures and ways of seeing the other.


Project: Art of Seeing
Artist: Tanya Fredman

“Art of Seeing”
is a powerful series of paintings and fabric collages inspired by my experience teaching art in 2009 at The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, a high school and home for orphans of the 1994 genocide. 
Art has a powerful ability to open our eyes to that which often passes us by so quickly.  Through my art I bring to life the faces, stories, and questions I encountered in Rwanda in order to slow the pace with which we see one another.
“Art of Seeing,” uses paint and African fabric to reflect upon human connections across cultures. As I explore the hopes and struggles that I encountered in Rwanda, I incorporate with them elements of my own Jewish and American heritages. 
"Art of Seeing" has been exhibited at The School of Visual Arts, St. Francis College Gallery, and The Jewish Education Project in New York. 
I am excited to announce that is has been accepted for inclusion in the Florence Biennale 2011!

About me:
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1984 and studied Studio Art at Brandeis University.  I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Deborah Josepha Cohen Memorial Award in Fine Arts in 2008.  I have created and taught art in Italy, Israel, Rwanda, and in New York, where I currently reside.  In 2009-2010 I was a Drisha Art Fellow as well as the Edy Rauch Memorial Artist-in-Residence at the Heschel High School, where I continue to teach.  I attended the Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2010. I continue to create, teach, and exhibit work in New York and around the US.

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