Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism exhibition is a one-of-a-kind art and education tour to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Darkness & Light features some of today’s top contemporary artists and showcases a collection of original artwork inspired by DC Comics’ Justice League characters paired with real world photography that depicts the everyday heroes fighting hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. 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, Darkness & Light tells the story of the crisis through the lens of those working tirelessly to be of service to those in need.
The exhibition shows us what is possible when we tap into our own best qualities of responsibility, willpower and inner strength to be of service to others in need. Just like our favorite Justice League Super Heroes, the art reflects the super hero powers we each hold that compel us to do good in the world.
The centerpiece of the collection is a large-scale piece of original artwork by Jim Lee, the legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher, created exclusively for Darkness & Light in a color palette inspired by the hues of Africa – yellow, green, red and black. Lee’s work is featured alongside journalistic photography that expose moments of heroism by aid workers in the Horn of Africa.
Darkness & Light launched in June at Mercy Corps’ Global Headquarters – a nonprofit partner of We Can Be Heroes– in Portland, Oregon. It then went on to Comic-Con in San Diego and Atlanta, and is headed to its final 2012 exhibit in New York City at the Time Warner Center during New York Comic-Con.
If you’re in a tour city, stop by to see the artwork and find out how you can make a difference!