ENFANTS DU PAYS
Chinatown Soup is pleased to present Enfants du Pays, an exhibition of multimedia work by twelve artists from seven different countries curated by featured artist Nelson Niyakire.
Enfants du Pays is a project initiated by young Burundians from different walks of life in opposition to the civil violence that has plagued their homeland over the past year. In April 2015, Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza overrode the country’s constitution in order to pursue a third term in office, which resulted in widespread peaceful protest. Protestors were met with armed opposition from government police, leading to the deaths of more than 1,000 civilians and the mass exodus of about 250,000 Burundians.
Inspired by the stories of those who lost their lives, Enfants du Pays is a memorialization of the toil and unrest taking place on Burundian soil. This traveling exhibition will be shown in big cities all over the world to spread awareness of the Burundian plight, telling the stories of those who lost their lives and raising funds for the victims’ families. The exhibition’s opening on April 28th will commemorate exactly a year since Nkurunziza seized power and demonstrations began.