The AMEN Project (Artist’s Movement to Engage Nonviolence) is part of a multi-religious committee of artists, architects, and human rights activists seeking justice for a recent Church burning incident which occurred in Khartoum, Sudan. We have committed ourselves to producing all the art work for the rebuilding of the Church and its adjunct facilities. The work will feature iconic religious images representing the peace, harmony, and tolerance religions strive to establish. The project team is composed of Khalid Kodi (Adjunct Professor of Art at Boston College and Massachusetts College of Art), Elrayah Kodi, Sean Hackel, and Kyle Craven.
Khalid Kodi – Khalid leads the team as a Sudanese-American artist with an extensive background in visual arts. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Art at Boston College (since 1995) and a visiting lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art (since 2001). He is also an artist in residence at the African American Master Artists in Residence Program of Northeastern University (1998).
Khalid’s work is internationally recognized for its emotional, cultural, and political potency. His abilities range from sculpture, painting, watercolor, and large scale instillations. Born in Sudan and immigrating to the United States in the early 90’s, Kodi’s work reflects his deep understanding of issues concerning human rights and his passionate advocacy for social justice.
Sean Hackel – Sean has long had a passion for art and studied Drawing under Khalid Kodi’s tutelage while attending Boston College. He has shown promise for producing quality art with a poignant underlying message. He began working as a TA for Khalid his junior year 2012. Kodi introduced him to the ways art can be applied to have substantial impacts for social justice in the world. He has since worked with Kodi on projects advocating social justice.
On April 21, 2012 hundreds of Muslim fanatics burned down a Catholic Church in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum, in the Al-Jiraif district. The violence resulted from increasing border tension between the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan and recently independent, mainly Christian nation of South Sudan. The Church also functioned as a prominent educational and residential facility mostly used by southerners. The incident has been widely covered by international media (please see links attached). At the same time of the Church burning, reports indicate that warplanes of Khartoum’s fanatical warmongering dictatorship bombed villages near a major town in South Sudan. There is increasing fear that these nations may engage in a full-scale war in the near future over dispute of border demarcation, Southern Sudanese living in North Sudan, the sharing of natural resources and oil revenues amongst other issues. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, wants to institute stricter Sharia law threatening the well-being of all Christian inhabitants and other liberal Sudanese living in Sudan.