Memorial Sculptures

The centre of the main
exhibit houses six statues.
Crafted by Rwandan artist,
Laurent Hategekimana, they
are made from regional
woods and carved and
sanded by dedicated local
craftsmen. These statues
depict the events
surrounding the genocide in
three themes: before the genocide, during the genocide and after the genocide. The statues rely on traditional Rwandan artistic themes as well as contemporary styles and designs.

Hategekimana is Rwanda's foremost sculptor, and his work has been exhibited in Paris, Los Angeles and Germany. His team of assistants includes both survivors and the relatives of perpetrators. Among the first artists to address the issue of rape as a weapon of genocide, he has done so with great sensitivity. An estimated 350,000 women were deliberately infected with AIDS through rape during the genocide, and are continuing to die from this today.