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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
Manifesting all of my dreams - original painting on canvas.
This portraitwas born with a permission of Aweng Chuol the model born in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya who dreams of becoming the first female president of South Sudan.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen images of me, but I have a lot of facial scars,” 19-year-old South Sudanese model, Aweng Mayen Chuol, laughs down the phone. She’s also known for her eyes, the whites of which change from grey to brown depending on what climate she’s in – a byproduct of a genetic condition that she was born with. “People tell me I look like a jaguar or that I’m ‘exotic’,” she laughs. “Sometimes I just want to shout at everyone: ‘Look at me, I’m not just a scar, I’m a human.’ But I get it, it’s a curiosity. I know I’m different, I know my facial features are different, but to me that’s beauty.”
Born under a tree in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, Aweng spent her formative years in isolation. Her mother was 16 when she had her, the first of 12 children. She and Aweng’s father had fled their home in Sudan as war broke out. “Kakuma was a place that no-one knew about,” says Aweng, almost in disbelief two decades later. “We didn’t even know anything existed beyond it – other cities, other countries, other languages. We lived in a bubble.”
Size: 39.4 W x 55.1 H x 1.6 in
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