Bright colors and bold lines cover a canvas while scribbles of pen cover a scrap piece of cardboard — both mediums are among the work of artist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé on exhibit in the “The Art of Resistance.”
The FedEx Global Education Center hosted an opening reception for the exhibit on Sept. 24 in the Florence and James Peacock Atrium. The exhibition will run until Dec. 13.
Emily Burrill, director of the African Studies Center at UNC, led a discussion with Ebalé and Tutu Alicante, director of human rights organization EG Justice.
“One of the core questions at the heart of all of this is, is creative expression and the ability to express political opinion a right? And where is it a right? Is it a human right? Is it a civil right? However these rights translate from a local context into bigger global contexts,” Burrill said.
“It’s such an incredible opportunity to be able to exhibit Ramón Esono Ebalé’s award-winning art on our campus, and to have him join us for a week of conversations about his work,” said Angela Stuesse, associate professor of anthropology and global studies at UNC, in an email.