Sociopolitical Stories




This theme explores current news articles and uses colour to diffuse the encounter with difficult subjects. The issues I often find myself drawn to portray are about: injustice, sexism, racism, politics and child abuse. The process of considering a particular news article by painting an image of it brings an intimacy of care, concern and empathy for the subjects involved and helps me digest the issue more fully.

Two sisters die after undergoing female genitalia mutilation in Somalia, campaigners say.

Two sisters die after undergoing female genitalia mutilation in Somalia, campaigners say. Ten-year-old Aasiyo Abdi Warsame and her sister, Khadijo, 11, died a day after they were subjected to the procedure in the remote village of Arawda in Puntland State on September 11. (cnn - 16/09/2018)

The week in 27 photos:

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham shouts at the Democratic colleagues of the senate judiciary committee during the questioning of the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanough, saying allegations against Kavanough are politically motivated, and called this “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.” (cnn - 30/09/2018)

Babies were stolen from Spanish mothers and given to Franco allies; the first trial over the scandal is underway

Sister Maria Gomez, appeared in a Spanish court in 2012, accused of snatching an infant from her birth mother and putting the child up for an illegal adoption. (cnn - 8/10/2018)

Rape of seven-year-old in South African restaurant sparks outrage over sexual violence.

A seven-year-old girl was raped in the restroom of a popular family restaurant, a South African police spokesman told CNN. A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. (cnn - 27/09/2018)

Immigrants are tortured in Syria

Immigrants who are sent back to Syria are tortured. (Gli immigranti tortorati in Siria) (corriere della sera)