For four years, artist Naomi Natale’s social art practice, the One Million Bones project, has used education, hands-on artmaking and public art installation to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and mass atrocities. On June 8, Naomi and the One Million Bones team will be joined by thousands of volunteers to lay down the one million human “bones,” which participants have made by hand, on the National Mall in Washington, DC — creating a striking visual representation of conflicts we cannot continue to ignore.
Here, we chat with Natale about where the idea for this fascinating demonstration came from.
You’ve been working on the One Million Bones Project for a long time, and it has grown from an idea into massive, global art project. How did you get here?
My background is in art and photography, and I’m especially interested in the intersection of art and activism — particularly the ways…
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