The Healing Power of Art

Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life present an exhibition about the healing power of art in South Africa

Photographs by Brandeis U. fine arts major and Haifa native Naomi Safran-Hon will be part of an exhibition opening Wednesday, January 16th. As a 2006 International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life student fellow, Naomi worked with AIDS orphans at the Art Therapy Centre in Johannesburg.

Healing, Community and Transformation: Student Visions from Johannesburg” will explore how art can be a means of healing and a powerful tool for change. The exhibition, presented by the Women’s Studies Research Center and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, will also include prints created by South African student artists. Programming related to the exhibition will address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and the role of caregivers of AIDS orphans — themes that permeate both Naomi’s and the South African students’ work.

“Art is a powerful healing tool that is being used within many communities in crisis, whether people are battling a health epidemic or struggling with the aftermath of war,” according to Shulamit Reinharz, professor of sociology and Center director.

Naomi’s photographs will be exhibited along with 6 large-scale linocuts created by students of the Artist Proof Studio, a community-based art center in Johannesburg that teaches printmaking skills to underprivileged artists.

If you’re convenient to Waltham, check it out. The exhibition runs through February 26th.
Opening Reception
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m.
Women’s Studies Research Center

Kol Ha-kavod to all!

(photo courtesy of Brandeis University)