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ARTWORKS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (article first published : 1999-11-23)

Artists for Human Rights is a group of Durban human rights activists and artists who have been working together since 1988. They have produced an international print portfolio consisting of images based on the 30 articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted in 1948 by the United Nations. This declaration, created in response to the atrocities committed during the Second World War, will mark its 50th anniversary on December 10.

In order to celebrate this important anniversary, Artists for Human Rights invited artists from countries which have suffered grave human rights abuses to respond to one of the articles of the UDHR. The graphics resulting from the artists' blocks will be collated in a unique limited edition portfolio and presented as a box set with a catalogue to be marketed in South Africa and internationally. The opening exhibition takes place at the Durban Art Gallery on December 10 with an accompanying human rights programme. All funds generated through this initiative will be administrated by the Artists for Human Rights Trust for the advancement of human rights education.

The new Portfolio has gained the endorsement of prominent international Human Rights dignitaries such as Kofi A. Annan, East Timorian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jose' Ramos Horte, Aung San Suu Kyi, Danielle Mitterand, Wole Soyinka and Nadine Gordimer as well many of South Africa's best known activists including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The International print Portfolio Exhibition runs in the Durban Art Gallery from December 10 to January 20. For a preview of the portfolio, see its website at: http://www.ahr.org.za




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