UNHCR World Refugees Day event: Picasso Presents Guernika
On World Refugee Day, UNHCR in New York and the EU Delegation to the UN are hosting a staged reading of 'Picasso presents Guernica' at the UNHQ. To commemorate this occasion, UNHCR is collaborating with faculty from University of California Riverside to host a staged reading of Picasso Presents Gernika, starring Bella Merlin, Miles Anderson, and theatre students from Fordham University.
Picasso Presents Gernika is a historical docudrama about the child refugee crisis resulting from Hitler's 1937 bombing of the Basque town of Gernika and Picasso's artistic response to the event, Guernica, which was recently rehung outside the UN Security Council Chamber. The script weaves primary source material and documentation with imaginative fiction to explore the toll that bombings, war, and resulting evacuations have on innocent civilians - especially women and children.