This is Rwanda

TOM BOGAERT

In 1994, from April to July, eight hundred thousand Rwandans were slaughtered by ethnic Hutu extremists. The Rwandan genocide was exceptional in its brutality, in its speed, and in the meticulous organization with which Hutus set out to destroy the Tutsi minority.

Between 1996 and 1997 I documented the aftermath of this genocide on behalf of the UN Refugee Agency. I stopped practicing international law in 2004 and moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. “This is Rwanda” (2004 – 2020) is an art project that examines a response to the genocide that exceeds the rationality of official state- and multilateral organizations. At the time of writing, “This is Rwanda” consists of video, sculpture, sound, and performance.

The project is ongoing and in 2019 I will add a new chapter: “Visit Rwanda” (VR) – a research-based project that combines video, sculpture and web.