A Four-part International Exhibition & Cultural Exchange


ART WORKS Projects is pleased to announce the launch of Transitions, a four-part international cultural exchange between the cities of Chicago, Bogotá, Goma, and Sarajevo.


With major support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationTransitions will bring together creative teams from Bogotá, Colombia; Chicago, Illinois; Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This group will co-curate a photography exhibition to highlight several national journeys of transitional justice in post-conflict environments.


Through collaboration, community conversations, and workshops, the four teams of curators and photographers will explore and reflect upon the unique and shared experiences of a country’s evolution from war to peace, alongside the lessons learned by their colleagues and audiences.


This project will consider multiple aspects of post-conflict society and challenges and successes at varying stages of transitional justice, from across the centuries to recently established zones of fragile peace. It will foster a discussion of varied definitions of otherness and the difficulties these multi-faceted communities face. By sharing diverse post-conflict experiences, Transitions will foster the development of new ideas and solidarity among fellow global citizens.


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Transitions Opening in the Democratic Republic of Congo

July 8, 2018 | Congo International Film Festival, Goma

In partnership with Yole!Africa


Transitions Opening in Bosnia and Herzegovina

June 26, 2017 | WARM Festival

In partnership with Post-Conflict Research Center


Transitions Opening in Colombia

February 2, 2017 | World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Bogotá

In partnership with Centro Nacional de la Memoria Histórica.


Transitions Closing Reception: The Next Generation of Justice

December 15, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speakers Martine Granby, photographer and documentarian; Amanda Kleintop, PhD candidate, Northwestern University; Sophia Nahli Allison, Transitions US photographer.


Chicago Public Library: Displacement & Housing – Panel & Community Conversation

December 14, 2016 | Bessie Coleman Library

Special thanks to speakers Janet Smith, PhD, Vorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, UIC; Ryan Spangler, Heartland Alliance; Jessica Darrow, PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; and moderator Roberta Feldman, M.Arch., PhD, Professor Emerita, UIC School of Architecture.


Chicago Public Library: Remembrance & Memorialization – Panel & Community Conversation

December 7, 2016 | Conrad Sulzer Regional Library

Special thanks to speakers Kim Theriault, PhD, Art History, Dominican University; Leslie Harris, PhD, Department of History, Northwestern University; Elizabeth Lozano, PhD, School of Communication, Loyola University; Clement Adibe, PhD, Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, DePaul University.


Transitional Justice – The United States: A Work in Progress

November 19, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speakers Steve Bynum, WBEZ Worldview; Linda Lutton, WBEZ Education Reporter; Kate Masur, Northwestern University; Janet Smith, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Urban Planning and Policy; Jeanette Samuels, Samuels & Associates, Ltd. and moderators Sonya Anderson, Leading Educators; Susan Gzesh, Pozen Center for Human Rights, University of Chicago.


Chicago Public Library: Child Soldiers – Panel & Community Conversation

November 16, 2016 | Rogers Park Public Library

Special thanks to speakers Peter Magui Bul, former Sudanese Lost Boy and Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children.


Chicago Public Library: Access to Healthcare – Panel & Community Conversation

November 12, 2016 | West Pullman Library

Special thanks to speakers Vanessa Smith, Executive Director, South Side Help Center; Jennifer Brier, Director of Gender and Women’s Studies, UIC; and moderator Anna Maitland, Schuette Clinical Fellow in Health and Human Rights, NU Law.


Chicago Public Library: Access to Justice – Panel & Community Conversation

October 13, 2016 | Frederick A. Douglass Library

Special thanks to speakers G. Flint Taylor, People’s Law Office; Sheila Bedi, Northwestern School of Law and Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center; Amanda Rivkin, Photographer, Burge Victims Speak; and moderator Leslie Thomas, founder of ART WORKS Projects.


Chicago Public Library: Access to Education – Panel & Community Conversation

October 4, 2016 | Carter G. Woodson Regional Library

Special thanks to speakers Dr. Lynne Muhammad, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School; Ashley Cureton Turner, University of Chicago; Amy Maglio, Women’s Global Education Project; and moderator Sonya Anderson, Leading Educators.


625 at 625: Transitions – A Global Overview

September 29, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to speakers David Peyton, Northwestern University; Helena María Olea Rodríguez, University of Illinois at Chicago; Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University Chicago; Leslie M. Harris, Northwestern University.


Transitions Opening Reception

September 15, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

In partnership with The Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) and the WARM Foundation; Centro Nacional De Memoria Histórica; Yole!Africa.


Workshop to Change the World: Transitions presentation

March 8, 2016 | Curie Metro High School


Transitions Exhibition Preview and Workshop

March 5, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago


The Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) and the WARM Foundation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina &
Photographer Midhat Poturovic


Centro Nacional De Memoria Histórica, Bogotá, Colombia,
Photographer Juan Arredondo


Yole!Africa, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
Martin Lukongo


ART WORKS Projects, Chicago, United States
Photographer Sophia Nahli Allison


Major funding for Transitions is provided through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. See the press release here.