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By David Oddie

A trip of artwork and Conflict is a deeply own exploration of David Oddie’s makes an attempt to discover the possibility of the humanities as a source for reconciliation within the wake of clash and for the artistic transformation of clash itself. it all started while Oddie, seeing the fractured international round him, requested himself what he may do to assist; that question set him off on travels around the globe, together with to Palestine, Kosovo, South Africa, India, Northern eire, Brazil, and different locations. In each one situation, he met with local community who had suffered from clash and labored with them to forge inventive networks that experience the capability to rework their situation.

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