The Mariposa Museum & World Culture in Peterborough will unveil its newest exhibit, “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity” on Wednesday.
The collection of 65 picture books and more than 40 posters with illustrations and quotes, curated by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, explores children’s books from around the world in which characters grapple with the traumas of war, displacement, prejudice and other forms of oppression.
The installation at the Mariposa will be supplemented with life-sized constructed scenes (a wooden boat at sea, a pitched tent and more), characters, animal puppets, wall paintings and other relevant pieces from the Mariposa’s permanent collections.
“ ‘Hello, Dear Enemy!’ explores how authors and illustrators of children’s books create avenues for children and adults alike to acknowledge tensions in the world, acquire tools for understanding cultural differences, and build bridges of friendship and understanding across those differences,” said Mariposa Executive Director Karla Hostetler. “We’re excited to build programs around this exhibit to further explore how artists use their creative work to deepen their own understandings of others and to invite their audiences to do the same.”
“Hello, Dear Enemy!” will be on exhibit at the Mariposa, 26 Main St., Peterborough, from May 8 to Sept. 15. Information: www.mariposamuseum.org.