Rwandan Basketry THE HELL

the japanese art of Kentsugi
Rwanda on the globe
Rwanda on the globe
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THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE, JENOSIDE YAKOREWE ABATUTSI 

THE HELL

This chapter is a visual reflection on the final phase of the Rwandan Genocide. I won’t show photos or videos of the Rwandan hell simply because I do not want to give any space to the spectacularization of violence, the portrayals of gore and graphic violence, and splatter images.

Gourevitch Quote
Dante Inferno 3

«I am the way into the city of woe.
I am the way to a forsaken people.
I am the way into eternal sorrow.
Sacred justice moved my architect.
I was raised here by divine omnipotence,
Primordial love and ultimate intellect.
Only those elements time cannot wear
Were made before me, and beyond time i stand.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here»

Dante, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto III

Translation by John Ciardi, 1954

BELOW

Christ’s Descent into Hell by unknown artist, Style of Hieronymus Bosch, 1550; painting, oil on wood; 21 x 46 in – 53.3 x 116.8 cm; on view at The MET, Fifth Avenue, Gallery 625, New York.

«Bosch’s fiery hell scenes were enormously popular throughout Europe in the sixteenth century. A vast, desolate landscape with a burning city at the right and the river Styx at the left is the setting for this nightmarish vision, in which Christ breaks down the gates of hell to rescue the souls of the just. Gesturing in supplication towards him, Adam and Eve kneel on top of a ruinous tower. Behind them, Old Testament figures climb the winding stairs from the depths of hell, among them Abraham and Isaac with the sacrificial ram, and Noah with a model of the ark». From THE MET website.

Roméo Dallaire

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Scroll down the page by listening to Leonard Cohen

BELOW:

Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda. Photo by Fanny Schertzer

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Gil Serpereau 1

Rwanda genocide, photo by © Gil Serpereau.

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Gil Serpereau 2

Rwanda genocide, photo by © Gil Serpereau.

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BELOW

Rwanda genocide, photo by © Gil Serpereau.

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Serpereau 4

Rwanda genocide, photo by © Gil Serpereau.

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Skull quote

Nirere Shanel – Ndirire nde? (Who should I cry with?) – 2020

Ruth Nirere, aka Miss Shanel or Ninere Shanel is a Rwandan singer and actress who survived the Rwandan Genocide (she was 9 years old at the time).

Lyrics
United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR)

Machetes and bullets near the border in Gisenyi, Rwanda

Photo taken on July 26, 1994, by a member of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).

Copyright © UN Photo/John Isaac

This short video was made by Donald Rallis, professor of Geography at the American University of Phnom Penh, in Cambodia. Half South-African and half American, Donald Rallis is the kind of Academic I love the most. The video is worth seeing, as his entire YouTube channel.

BELOW

The Triumph of Death, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1562, oil on panel, 117 × 162 cm (46 in × 63.8 in). Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Anix

Alyx Becerra

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