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Giving voice to displaced children and young people.

I chose this piece of art, called “Full pink sun half a yellow sun,” to add to because from the moment I looked at it, I could already see the many similarities between the shapes and colors used in the artwork and videos of the Kakuma refugee camp that I watched. I interpreted the small orange rectangle as a representation of their homes, so I added the tiny brick details, as well as the door and windows. I pictured the long green rectangle under the orange rectangle as grass. So, I cut out really small green rectangles out of images of grass from magazines and scattered them all over the green area. The orange-brown area under that had a wave-like pattern on top, so I drew on some waves all throughout that space. I also added clouds, stars, and birds to the sky above. The big pink sun and half of the yellow sun definitely stand out, so I added some color around them and then basically connected the colors to act a metaphorical bridge between them to signify togetherness, family, and the strong community inside the refugee camp. And finally, I wrote “HOME” on a piece of paper, that I placed above the representation of their homes, to show that the Kakuma refugee camp is, and has been the home for most of all the Kakuma refugees’ lives. I tried to highlight and emphasize this image/concept without adding too much to the artwork and to honor the original artist’s intention and purpose of this piece of artwork.

Anika Bhat
United States

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