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On May 30 has Charles Taylor been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in the war in Sierra Leone, among others for murder, slavery, the recruitment and use of child soldiers, trafficking in blood diamonds and terrorism. Apart from that has also been proven that the former leader of Liberia in the past has committed cannibalism, what corresponds to the other madness, the other war atrocities. This is as well the theme of the Dutch painter Ronald Ophuis. He shows people in these extreme situations, painted images of the possible reality of Srebrenica, WWII and Sierra Leone. Paintings instead of photos. Which gives the images of war back again its time, layeredness and charge. From a Painter’s Perspective is the title of the high quality exhibition in the Amsterdam Arti et Amicitiae that this painting is part of. Or as the subtitle states “An exhibition of leading contemporary painting in the Netherlands.” The show is on display until July 1, 2012. Just go see it!
Featuring work by Jacco Olivier, Ronald Ophuis, Arjan van Helmond, Natasja Kensmil, Kees Goudzwaard, Andrei Roiter, Klaas Kloosterboer, Rezi van Lankveld, Wouter van Riessen, Ina van Zyl, Helen Verhoeven, Pim Blokker, Kim van Norren, Patricia Spoelder, Sarah Verbeek, Raaf van der Sman, Eva Raeder, Eduard Genee, Morgan Betz, Jaring Lokhorst, Micha Patiniott, Arnout Killian, David Powell, Frenk Meeuwsen, Raymond Cuijpers, Roger Cremers, Harm van den Berg, Jasper Hagenaar, Jan van der Ploeg, Tatyana Yassievich, Evi Vingerling and Pere Llobera.
Ronald Ophuis – War Story Teller, Sierra Leone 2010 (2011).