The April 2014 Issue of VICE includes just one article in its 130 pages. The magazine's sole story, “Saving South Sudan,” by Robert Young Pelton, is a gonzo-style dive into the strife of the world's newest nation, one that has faced perpetual war "with some sporadic days off" since 1955.
In April, we received an invitation to a gallery exhibition by New York-based photographer Mike Mellia, whose project, ‘Our Side of The Story: South Sudan,’ is a series of portraits of South Sudanese refugees-turned-artists.
Subjects included supermodels who've walked for the likes of Louis Vuitton and appeared in Kanye West videos, an actor starring in an upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie, and a poet studying at Columbia University.
Almost everyone in the series still has family in South Sudan, or a neighboring refugee camp, and many of the subjects' families don't know the extent of their current artistic lives.
All interviews by Zach Sokol. Photos courtesy of Mike Mellia.''