Often times, the best way to truly understand a crisis in another part of the world is to see it firsthand. And what better way than when seen through the lens of heroism?
This summer, the We Can Be Heroes giving campaign is proud to announce the Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism exhibition, a one-of-a-kind art and education tour to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The tour showcases a collection of original artwork inspired by DC Comics’ Justice League characters paired with real world photography that depicts everyday heroes fighting hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The original comic-inspired art was created by exceptional contemporary artists from around the world and features an exclusively commissioned, large-scale piece of original artwork from legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher, Jim Lee. The photos featured tell the story of the crisis and highlight the aid workers, medical volunteers and others who work tirelessly to help the people of the Horn of Africa fight the hunger crisis and rebuild their lives.
Darkness & Light will be visiting several cities and displays original artwork and journalistic photography inspired by heroism, from the Super Heroes that fight for justice in the comic world, to the human heroes who make a difference every day in the real world. Some tour stops will include intimate salon events so attendees can learn more about the complexities of the ongoing hunger crisis and what they can do to make an impact. Select pieces of DC Entertainment artwork will also be auctioned off at the end of the tour with all net proceeds going directly to the campaign.
The imagery shows us what is possible when we tap into our own best qualities of responsibility, willpower and inner strength to be of service to people in need. The artwork is a must see for anyone who has ever loved a super hero, or has wanted to find a way to be a hero to someone else. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see Darkness & Light.
The first few stops on the tour include:
- Portland: June 25-30 at Mercy Corps Global Headquarters
- San Diego and Comic-Con International 2012: July 9-15 at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts
- Atlanta: August 4-13 at the Phipps Plaza
- Chicago: September 19-26