Voices from Rwanda // creative expression and social change

Meara Sharma, AT&T New Media Fellow, will spend the summer in Rwanda exploring the intersection of contemporary art, reconciliation, politics, and freedom of expression.

Location

Rwanda
  • Meara Sharma | October 7th, 2011
    I recently spoke with a journalist from a major Rwandan newspaper. Upon meeting, he expressed that he was not comfortable speaking on the record (a revealing sentiment, of course). He explained that as a journalist, he rarely speaks with people he...
  • Meara Sharma | September 22nd, 2011
    I’m working on a piece for an online magazine about Rwanda’s first architecture school within the context of Kigali’s astonishing urban transformation since 1994. The school was founded on the simple and urgent need for Rwandese architects – the...
  • Meara Sharma | August 8th, 2011
    We want to make a habit of being together. This is what we are trying to do with this festival. To create a habit of presence.   Such is how Erik Ehn addressed the international collection of artists who, at the beginning of the Centre x...
  • Meara Sharma | August 4th, 2011
    The convent at Sovu I recently had the opportunity to travel for a few days with Brown Professor Erik Ehn and a small group of artists from various parts of the world. We had a compelling discussion with an association of student genocide survivors...
  • Meara Sharma | July 23rd, 2011
    Since arriving in Rwanda I have encountered several people who are curious and/or confused as to why I am interested in art here. I have even come across people who question whether Rwanda is a creative place at all – as if such a statement can be...
  • Meara Sharma | June 22nd, 2011
      Ideas from my previous post - always considering context and history, remaining exploratory and avoiding assumptions - were wholeheartedly reaffirmed in a recent conversation with Kaia Miller-Goldstein (Brown '87!) Kaia works as an economic...
  • Meara Sharma | June 9th, 2011
    Yesterday I spoke with Jean-Pierre Karegeye, a native Rwandan who teaches African literature at Macalester college. He spends his summers in Kigali, Rwanda, doing research and running the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center, which he co-...