During our trip to Denver, we utilized our Denver Passport quite a bit, it allows us to visit many attractions in Denver including the Denver Art Museum. I went there with husband on our “date day” when our in-laws offered to take to kids to another more kid friendly attraction near by. Little did I know, it became one of the most moving and emotional museum visits I have ever experienced, it has affected me so much that I broke down and cried in the middle of the museum for over 5 minutes. I will get to the details of this special exhibit in a bit.
The Denver Art Museum not only house more than 70,000 works of art, the museum’s Hamilton Building IS an architectural work of art in itself. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it recalls the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. Visitors explore the Museum’s galleries with its open space design, moving freely among the various floors and peak into the dimensions above and below. I love the overall openness of the space’s design and love capturing wandering visitors. If you have the chance to visit Denver, this museum is a MUST SEE on my list.
While the museum have many interesting art works on display, today I am going to focus on one special exhibit that captured and broke my heart (see photos below). The featured exhibition Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is a survey of the nearly 25-year career of the critically acclaimed documentary photographer Fazal Sheikh, with focus on raising awareness of international human rights issues. The exhibit features more than 170 portraits and landscapes chronicling individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, many times as the result of war, exploitation, and poverty. Photographs in Common Ground span a period from 1989 to 2013, offering deeper insight into major world events, racial strife, and mass global displacement in places such as East Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the Netherlands. Stories told through Sheikh’s pictures focus on survivors, orphans, and victims of violence and abuse.
I end with post with a heavy heart but a very full one. I feel grateful that I have my children with me, everyday, they are my heart, my soul, my everything. I am grateful to be their mother, that they have my love and affection and care. I see children in war infested countries without family, without home, without their mother and father. This is the cost of war. Innocent children are the victims. I don’t have a strong political or religious stance, I believe in LOVE, I believe in a better world for our next generation, yet I don’t know if world peace is something that is even remotely possible. So now you know why I sobbed, suddenly, uncontrollably, hysterically in the middle of a museum and unable to gather myself. Have you ever been moved by a performance that renders you heartbroken? Share with me your stories.
~ xo Sheree