Jun 2012 group exhibition, professionals meeting teenage artists
Dzian Gallery, Worcester/MA, USA

What is the side of a human being that turns him or her toward crime, and what is the nature of that crime when it becomes genocide? A crime against humanity? A human rights violation? And how can such things be prevented? Subliminal messages. Public relations. Propaganda.

“One of the big things about genocide is propaganda,” said 13-year-old Sage Korins-Boid of Worcester. She is a student at the Worcester Area Think Tank. To illustrate her point on subliminal messages, she said, “I created my own piece of propaganda.” Her artwork juxtaposed images of good and evil.

Manuel Schroder, an artist from Berlin, Germany, and Dr. Elliot Salloway, a Worcester periodontist who is also a painter and photographer, both believe that art can have purpose and meaning beyond the decorative and can be a force for good in challenging people to learn and take action. The two have created “project eXodus” to encourage others to create art exploring the theme, to educate and, it is hoped, to encourage many more people to refuse to stand by and watch genocide happen. “Most people don’t know about their own abilities to be awakened by art and to talk without words,” Mr. Schroeder said. “It means you don’t have to use the codex of language. Art is international.”
The exhibit, entitled “Can Genocide Be Prevented? The Two Sides of Human Nature” will run June 5th through July 3rd at the Dzian Gallery in Worcester. The inaugural show for Project eXodus will open with a reception and sale on June 5th from 5 to 9 pm. All art at the show will be based on the theme “Can Genocide Be Prevented” and explore all of our human potentials, both good and bad. In addition to the two co-founders, art by Worcester students aged 14 and older will be available.