Ranya Dano is a junior at Northside College Prep. As an artist, Dano is experienced in drawing, painting, calligraphy, and photography but also enjoys experimenting with other mediums. Passions include visual arts, writing, cooking, languages, sociology, and science.
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TONY LEWIS, PLUNDER, 2020
With the help of 19,000 graphite-dipped rubber bands, Tony Lewis used Gregg shorthand, a form of notation that uses symbols instead of letters, to elegantly construct the word "plunder," exploring how race is reinforced by language today. After unraveling the history of the United States, one can clearly see that the mass exploitation and oppression of Black people—who were regarded as tools to generate profit rather than human beings—are what attributed to the country flourishing as a world power. This nation was built on the plundering of slaves, which will forever be engraved into our society.
AARON HUGHES, 21 DAYS TO BAGHDAD/CHICAGO, 2018 and 2020
As a veteran who served in Iraq, Aaron Hughes reflects on the effects of war that persist physically and psychologically in individuals, communities, and landscapes. By juxtaposing demolished architecture in both Baghdad and Chicago in this artwork, Hughes bridged society's divides by showing how similar we all are: how loneliness, confusion, and destruction, from the United States bombing of Baghdad to the dismantling of the last Robert Taylor Homes public housing in Chicago, haunt all of us. What we think divides us is what actually unites us.