After viewing the exhibit, take note of the patterns and visual repetitions that you noticed. Did these visuals line up with any preconceived notions of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”? Were any of these covers a surprise in their aesthetic nature? Did any of the covers seem more authentic than others?
These stories all contribute and play a large role in communicating the lives of these Sudanese refugees and raising awareness of their unfortunate but hopeful journeys. However, each life that was affected by the Sudan civil war of the 1980s is unique and has something different to offer. Covering the majority of these stories with the label of “Lost Boys” can be problematic in that it keeps these boys, now men, stuck with this persona even through resettlement. The term resettlement implies a new home, a new life, and a new beginning. The refugees that have gone through this are far from being “boys” let alone being “lost.”