Agook Kon Kuol, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, will share his work “Songs of Bor,” during an artist talk at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He will discuss how his art reflects his hometown of Bor in South Sudan.
Kuol’s artist talk is on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. in SFA 125. The primary art form in Sudan is song. His art features original and traditional Dinka songs as well as video and photographs taken in and around Bor focusing on the Dinka tribe.
“Unique aspects of the Dinka community life, the cattle camps and love of sports are woven together in this presentation, which coincides with South Sudan’s independence on July 9,” said Kris Larson, gallery director.
During his artist talk, Kuol will recount events surrounding Sudan’s Second Civil War beginning in 1983, the destruction of his town, his escape into the bush, internment in refugee camps and eventual transition to life in the United States. Against the backdrop of a nation embroiled in more than 40 years of civil war and genocide, his life is a story of survival and triumph against overwhelming odds. Today, Kuol is the founder and chairman of The Aboudit Development Association, a non-profit organization committed to educating the youth of Aboudit in reading, writing and mathematics.
“It's a great privilege to be able to offer this collection to our students, staff and the community at this time,” Larson said.
For more information on Kuol’s artist talk on “Songs of Bor”, contact Kris Larson at 281-312-1534 or at KCArtGallery@LoneStar.edu.
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