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Sauti Art

After coming to know the stories of the young women featured in Sauti, award-winning Colorado artist Karen Fisher was inspired to create mixed media portraits of each woman. 

The intrictate details of Karen's work so deftly portray each of the young women that it may be surprising to some that Karen has never been to Uganda and has not met the women in person. Instead, she got to know them by watching raw film footage, pondering the women's artwork and poetry, and having hearing stories from the Sauti filmmakers.


The mixed media elements in each piece are connected to meaningful moments in each woman’s story (details of these special elements are outlined in the description of each portrait below). The borders of the portraits are drawings done by the young women themselves. 


One hundred percent of all proceeds from purchases of this beautiful artwork benefits the Sauti Women's Fund. 

Favourite Mixed Media Portrait

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This mixed media, wood panel portrait of Beatrice is part of a collection of five intimate depictions of the five women featured in Sauti.

Originally from Rwanda, Favourite grew up in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. Her parents believed strongly in education and her father went to great lengths to make sure Favourite completed her primary education; he carried her on his bicycle 72 kilometers each way to school every day and sold peanuts to pay for her school fees. After his passing, the responsibility of taking care of family fell to Favourite as the eldest child. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Relations at the International University of Nairobi--a rare opportunity for a refugee woman. She has since returned to Kyangwali to help other refugee students s complete their secondary education and apply to university. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in International Development.
Artist Karen Fisher incorporates peanut leaves in this portrait to pay homage to the commitment of Favourite’s father toward her schooling.
All proceeds benefit the Kyangwali community directly. Purchase of a portrait will include a copy of the film and a set of five greeting cards.

Dimensions: 24x18 inches

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