Brazilian artist Oscar Araripe speaking about the inspiration behind his exhibition “Flores para Harvard” or “Flowers for Harvard.” Harvard awarded Mr. Araripe a scholarship in 1964 after he was deprived of his rights by Brazil’s military dictatorship and forbidden from attending classes. He received an additional scholarship in 1968 after being by the dictatorship once again, and says that leaving Brazil during those times might’ve saved his life. Bringing these paintings 50 years later and dedicating them to Harvard is his way of expressing his immense gratitude. It was truly an honor to meet Mr. Araripe and learn about his experiences. And coincidentally, his exhibition is being held in Leverett, my house at Harvard.
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