Wednesday, January 7, 2009

John Kotula presents new work at AS220, in Providence

John Kotula at AS220: Sonaguera
Opening: Sunday January 4, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
5:00 to 6:00: will be a talk called "Art and AIDS in Honduras."
6:00 to 6:30: music will be provides by Los Monos Locos!

Sonaguera is the name of the town in Honduras where John and his wife, Deborah Drew, lived from 2005 - 2007. They were Peace Corps volunteers working on health projects. John focused particularly on HIV/AIDS prevention. The exhibit grew out of this experience. Some of the pieces, consisting of journal entries and photographs, are direct documentation, but most create a visual record of living in Sonaguera that is personal to John.

John recently return to Sonaguera. For part of the trip he was accompanied by a group of students from the Eastbay Met School. It is hoped that students from the school will visit Honduras and Sonaguera on future trips to learn and serve in this community. Plans are underway for a small group of students to spend a month in Sonaguera teaching English. As part of fund raising activities to make this possible, Honduran artist Cruz Bermudez has given the school permission to sell prints of his paintings. Seven of Cruz' paintings from private collections will be exhibited. Profits from sale of the prints will help support Project Sonaguera, educational travel to Honduras by students from the East Bay Met School.

Cruz Bermudez is a Garifuna artist who lives and works in the city of Tela. The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people with communities along the north coast of Honduras, as well as in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Cruz' paintings depict scenes from his culture including fishing, dancing, and cock fighting.

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