Out of the Darkness is the result of a trip to Rwanda. It included a trek through Volcanoes National Park to visit with one of our closest animal relatives – the Mountain Gorilla. While Rwandans work to protect the endangered species, it became clear to me the the gorillas, unbeknownst to them, are also helping the country heal. Twenty-five years ago Rwanda was ripped apart by genocide.
Today the Mountain Gorilla is drawing tourists to the East African country, which is in turn helping build a brighter future for both the Rwandans and the Great Apes.
The Out of the Darkness exhibit came about after I showed my photos and told stories of my adventure to the Nina Collective. The artists in the collective then went and made their own art – paintings, drawings, sculptures and even needle point – all based on my photos.
The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts supports a collection of artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton.