FIRST PLACE (Ages 19-21)
Freshman, Simmons College
Boston, MA

Acrylic Paint , 16×18

Description: This artwork uses the first article of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is written in the Osmanya Somali transcript, a transcript that is now dead. Using an unrecognizable language compels us to see the historical shifts that has led Somalia into a civil war. Currently, Somalia is seemingly lacking human rights due to war. The title “Aisha” was the name of my grandmother, who spent months fleeing the war to eventually find refuge in America. Aisha passed away in 2016. It is my hope her journey pushes us to ensure a future of universal equality for human rights.

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