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ViaTalenta Foundation’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce Ben Wolstenholme as a contributor to the Foundation’s “Reflections through People” capsule collection.
Ben Wolstenholme is a British-born artists, designer and director who has lived in the US for the last 10 years. Drawing inspiration from the events surrounding the “Black Lives Matter” movement, he began to question his own privilege and explore ways to create awareness through art.
His decision to educate himself further on the Civil Rights Movement and the work of other contemporary black figures has taken him on a journey of self-reflection, awareness and empathy. The result is a collection of fourteen water-coloured portraits of artists, thinkers, writers, icons and representatives of Civil Rights in the 20th and 21st century.
“It is a real challenge to cast into someone else’s shoes and behold obstacles you have never considered or encountered. It makes being empathetic difficult. By focusing on these people, seeing the world through their eyes and reading part of their stories, I have been on a revealing and unforgettable journey – one that has just started.
Ben Wolstenholme, artist
“We are delighted to welcome Ben to our “Reflections through People” collection. Ben’s portraits allow us to reflect on our responsibilities in a society that is polarizing more and more. It is our hope that it will encourage all of us to engage and explore these inspiring lives, ask challenging questions with often uncomfortable answers, listen to different sides of the same story and ultimately be better informed in our actions.”
Christina-Anne Kyosti, Chairwoman, ViaTalenta Foundation