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HUMAN RIGHTS PORTFOLIO (article first published : 2002-04-21)

In December 1999, artists for Human Rights presented the UDHR International Print Portfolio Project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights. The portfolio consists of 34 original prints by artist from South Africa and abroad. These were arranged into 50 limited edition portfolios of A2 size.

The goal of the International Print portfolio project was to portray the philosophy of the UDHR through all the participating artist. The national and the International variety of prints reflect the understanding of values that are fundamental to human existence. The work reflects the understanding of commitment to deepening our understanding of human rights especially in a context where our collective past has been damaged by the tyranny of centuries of human oppression, the manifestations of which still remain part of our daily lives.

The international print portfolio has had the honour of being endorsed by his holiness the Dalai Lama, Madame Danielle Mitterand and Kofi Annan, as well as the support and endorsement from a variety of human rights personalities worldwide such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mr. Wole Soyinka, amongst others.

Through this project, artists seek to awaken the individual to the truth embodied in the Charter for Human Rights as a step towards reconciliation. The exhibition is dedicated to all the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Project leaders Jan Jordaan and Vedant Nanackhand believe that the international printing portfolio will serve as a catalyst for further creative and critical discourse regarding the role of art and human rights.

The exhibition is running in the Menzi Mcunu Gallery at the BAT Centre until May 10. More information from the BAT Centre’s Njabulo Hlongwane on 031 332-0451.




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