25 November 2013
Last updated at 02:41
A collection of leading artists have created original artworks based on the real-life experiences of children in Rwanda and South Africa, grappling with the aftermath of war, violence and poverty. Tom Price's Head 4 was inspired by a young boy's description of how his grandfather saved his family’s house on Christmas Day by holding it up as it fell down.
Each of the eleven works, created by artists such as Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread, will be auctioned at London's Victoria Miro Gallery on Wednesday 27 November to raise money for children's charity Dramatic Need. Kapoor's painting was inspired by a South African child who dreamt she had lost her mother to an Aids-related illness, and woke to find it was true.
Founded by film-maker Danny Boyle, children's charity Dramatic Need aims to help children deal with trauma and conflict through mediums such as dance, drama, music and art. Tom Gallant's Palesa Protea took, as its theme, one South African schoolgirl's tale of being deliberately burnt by another child with a burning plastic bag.
In Patrick Jacob's artwork, a child recalls "the happiest story in my life". A South African boy relates how he loved to run and saved his money to buy a pair of running shoes. But at the shop he discovered he had not saved enough. The owner promised he could have the shoes for free if he won a race. He did. His story concludes: "'I’ve won, I’ve won!' I shouted, joyfully, looking down at the magic shoes that now belonged to me."
Artist Whitney McVeigh has created four separate images based on Lerato Thamaha’s description of her mother and father. Lerato's father is dead, and her mother tells her constantly she is "a dog, just like my father". Her father was a policeman but she has never even seen a photo of him. "My mother is a person who doesn’t care about anything, including me. All she cares about is herself," says the 14-year-old.
Jake and Dinos Chapman's malevolent image takes its title from a child's memory of her father's suicide. Returning from school, she found many cars gathered around his home. She believed her sick father had been released from hospital. "I was so happy because I thought that they came to see my father. Oh, I was wrong. When I arrived at home my mum told me. She said: 'It will be fine my child'."
Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread took her lead from an audio recording of a child called Lucky. Lucky recalls how his friend's father lost his arm in an accident at work. "They could not fix it," he recalled. "He is still struggling to be compensated." Guests at the exhibition will view the artwork at the Victoria Miro Gallery whilst listening to recordings of the children’s stories.
Stuart Semple's Deep House is inspired by the tale of a boy whose father is cheating on his mother, and who loses himself in house music to clear his head and block out the arguing. It is currently being exhibited alongside the other works in London and online at the auction site Paddle8, where bids can be placed until 27 November.