Art as Therapy in Rwanda, 20 Years Later

Twenty years after a genocide left an estimated 800,000 people, mostly Tutsi men, women and children, dead over a period of 100 days, Rwanda is on the rise. Its economy is growing; tourism is increasing. And unexpectedly, an art world is flourishing in Kigali, the pleasant million-person capital of lush hillsides and flowering trees. Mr. Karakire is one of the many young artists forging an art scene in the city, where numerous galleries, art-focused community centers and independent studios have popped up in recent years. Some works are inspired by the country’s devastating recent past, while others, brightly painted and optimistic, look to the future.

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