Friday, April 28, 2017

Winners of the Fourth Annual HNMCP Art Contest Announced

This spring, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) held its fourth annual art competition. The motivation behind the contest is our belief that creative expressions of conflict resolution promote and advance peace itself.

HNMCP builds community around conflict resolution skills and practice, and we want our space to reflect our values. We seek to feature creative representations of conflict resolution and peacemaking throughout our space.

Please visit our space in Pound Hall 513 in the coming weeks to see this year’s winners in their full glory!


Anirveda Sharma



From the artist’s statement: “Empathy—a simple word, yet the significance of it is immense in the field of dispute resolution, which often happens in the greys rather than in complete black and white. Humans inherit the trials and tribulations of their ancestors in the same way as the present fall heir to the past. The 21st century is rife with conflicts and antagonism amongst individuals, corporations, and nation states. Such times require us humans to come together ‘in our minds’ and radiate peace through the means of empathy.”



Chad OsorioJustice in Barangay
Justice in the Barangay: Dispute Resolution through Community Intervention


From the artist’s statement: “In many Southeast Asian countries, conflict resolution is very much a community affair, particularly in the Philippines. Before a matter is brought to court, it is first brought to a community-based dispute resolution body, which seeks to address the matter at the local level. This local government unit is referred to as the Barangay, and the system is known as “Katarungang Pambarangay,” which translates to “Justice in the Barangay.” Civil disputes must first be settled at the Barangay, subject to certain conditions. This policy aims to prevent clogging the already-heavy dockets of the courts, as well as minimize time, effort, and expenses which would certainly be incurred by the private parties should lengthy lawsuits be filed. The photo was taken at Ballet Philippines. It evokes a moment of cooperation and community, when a man and a woman are encouraged by their peers, all dressed in native Filipino garb, to work through differences in order to resolve the conflict.


Conflict ResolutionLeah Kolidas
Conflict Resolution

Acrylic paint and ink on paper

From the artist’s statement: “In ‘Conflict Resolution’ I explore conflict between two people, represented by an arm wrestling contest. In this moment, I am capturing the mental and physical connection in their eye contact. Simultaneously, there are underlying connections that they are experiencing that are helping to dissolve the conflict.”





Sarah KenwardThe Lightness of Life 8.75 x 8.25
The Lightness of Life

Brown clay

From the artist’s statement: “Recently, I have been incorporating my passion for peace and human rights into my artwork by creating art that provokes emotion and thought from its audience. ‘The Lightness of Life’ is a bas relief that depicts a hummingbird being released from a pair of hands. Each component of this piece was entirely sculpted by hand. After the bisque fire phase, I used a stain to emphasize the details of the carvings, which especially helped the hands appear realistic. Last summer, I was a participant in Hands of Peace, a Chicago based interfaith organization that brings together Israeli, Palestinian, and American teenagers to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to pursue peace and mutual understanding. From this program, I learned how damaging it is to listen to stereotypes and have preconceptions of others. At the end of our 18 days together, I saw my new friends transform. Just as the gentle hummingbird pursues its freedom in this piece, each of my friends were slowly freed from their prejudices by releasing their perception of stereotypes and feelings of deep hatred that previously limited their happiness.”



Michael Bogdanow

Acrylic on canvas

From the Artist’s Statement: When I learned about HNMCP’s interest in featuring creative representations of conflict resolution and peacemaking, I immediately thought of my painting, “Imagine.” Frustrated by the inability of our leaders to bring peace to the Middle East, I decided to do so through a work of art. I often use art to express what we cannot or do not see in reality, but only in dreams. In this painting, I am expressing my dream of peace in the Middle East. One of the challenges in the painting was to use a small number of people who symbolically represent millions of others, their religions, ethnic groups, and more. Another was to capture the Western Wall and its surroundings. In the painting, all people, of all races, religions, nationalities, gender preferences, and more, are peacefully coexisting alongside the Western Wall. Peace has come to the Middle East, through the ability of people to speak and listen openly and honestly. People who are often viewed as adversaries are communicating with each other peacefully, honestly, and as friends. The title was inspired by John Lennon’s song “Imagine”—”Imagine all the people, living life in peace. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”


Narges Shafeghati
A Matter of Choice &


A Matter of Choice