The Beach Museum pays homage to those displaced by war in Ukraine with an exhibition of artwork


MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – The Beach Museum pays tribute to those displaced by war in Ukraine with an exhibition of solidarity artwork.

In solidarity with Ukrainians displaced by the war in Russia, Kansas State University says its Marianna Kistler Beach Art Museum will feature artwork by an artist who was himself displaced as a child.

K-State says “Fishers of Men” by artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez is a large circular shape made of netting, bits of nautical and acrylic paint behind a Tyvek mesh coverall. He said the stunning work depicted him in the ‘Fronteras/Frontiers’ exhibition at the Beach Museum in 2017 and – according to museum staff – led some to say he looked like a view of Earth from space. distant.

“‘Fishers of Men’ reminds us, especially of those who braved perilous water crossings, often prosecuted like criminals and denied access to safe haven,” said Beach Museum director Linda Duke. “The museum has once again presented ‘Fishers of Men’. His message of empathy and compassion crosses borders.

The University noted that Fifield-Perez smuggled across the US-Mexico border as a young child and grew up with Deferred Action Status for Childhood Arrivals – DACA.

In her work as an artist, K-State says Fifield-Perez has frequently spoken of the misery of immigrants and refugees.

“The recent invasion of Ukraine has turned millions of ordinary people into desperate refugees,” Duke said. “Whether by land or sea, many of them are children and their journeys are dangerous.

For the 2017 exhibition, K-State said Fifield-Perez requested that excerpts from the poem “Home” by British-Somali poet Warson Shire be placed on labels for his works. The excerpts that accompany “Fishers of Men” offer the following lines:

“Nobody leaves the house unless

the house is the mouth of a shark”

“You must understand,

no one puts their children in a boat

unless water is safer than land”

The Beach Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Free parking is available next to the building.

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