Evocative images of home

HOME is where the heart is for South Sudanese artist Nelson Nyangole.

His exhibition, Back to Africa at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery displays snapshots of his home town.

Nyangole, who's lived in Perth for nine years, fled his country to a refugee camp in Uganda, where he lived for 15 years.

The 44-year-old uses his art as a means of keeping in touch with his South Sudanese roots.

Art is also a liberating experience for Nyangole.

"I want to share with Australians our potential in art and craft," he said.

"For Africans, art is in our blood but it's been pressed down.

"There are limitations to how we can express ourselves in Africa."

But his art has evoked memories of his African lifestyle and family.

"While I was painting I felt like crying as it reminded me of home," he said.

Back to Africa explores the importance of heritage through paintings of traditional African day-to-day lifestyles and landscapes.

"It's about how the African culture has been broken down by the western culture," Nyangole said.

"I want to remind people that they shouldn't forget their original homes.

"I also want to show people what Africa looks like.

"I know a lot of people won't be familiar with the landscape."

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