In 2004, ten years after the Rwandan Genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in 100 days, William Snyder III (’06 M.F.A. Art) was inspired to create an installation commemorating the horrific event, one he felt had been omitted from the history books. Today, 20 years after the genocide, he is preparing to mount the installation, “800,000 Acknowledge. Remember. Renew.,” at United Nations headquarters as part of the 20th anniversary commemorative events for Rwanda. He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to transport the installation—which includes 2,500 handmade books with a total of 800,000 pages, housed in 100 crates—to New York City for the exhibition, June 17–26, 2014.
The installation is on display at Keystone Centre, 1224 North Atherton St., State College, through June 10. A public reception will be held at Keystone Centre, 6:30–8 p.m., Thursday, April 10.