Art & Advocacy

Visual Arts are perhaps one of the oldest forms of Man’s creative expression.  Long before film, CD’s, DVDs, radios and televisions, artists expressed themselves visually. Artists in the Renaissance gave us paintings, etchings, sculptures and visions that brought in a new Age of Enlightenment. Artists for Human Rights, knowing the power of the visual artist from painters to sculptors to photographers, brings together these artists and ignites them in the name of basic human rights.

Already this has exploded into an internationally touring human rights art exhibit seen in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Florence, Italy. Artists creating pieces inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have captivated audiences around the world. With their message of peace, tolerance and human rights, Artists for Human Rights Visual Artists is at the precipice of a new renaissance, a renaissance of human rights.

Artists for Human Rights (AFHR) continues to raise awareness through our Art and Advocacy series featuring leading artists using their art to bring awareness of pressing human rights issues. Our guest lecturers include award winning photographers, sculptors, painters, and multi-media artists whose impactful work is etched in our consciousness pushing us to stand up for human rights and demand change.
 
  The Art & Advocacy Artists Inspiring Change Presents
An Inspiration Evening with Lisa Kristine

Acclaimed humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine, has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. Her hauntingly beautiful images illuminate the plight of the 40 million souls enslaved worldwide. Lisa's work is among the most sought after and collected in the world and has been auctioned at Christie's New York to benefit the United Nations. She was the sole exhibitor at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit with Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Reverend Tutu. Partnering with Free the Slaves, she published her groundbreaking photographic book Slavery in 2010. Traveling into the heart of broiling brick kilns, down rickety mine shafts, and into hidden lairs of sex slavery, her images seek to promote understanding and build a bridge of global peace.

AFHR Lisa Kristine
AFHR Lisa Kristine

"In order for me to photograph a person in this unaffected environment of 'self',
there must be a firm trust between us.
Without this, one might still create a beautiful image, but not a stirring one."

- Lisa Kristine

Artists for  Human Rights Lisa Kristine Slavery
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  2007 Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemorancea di Firenze

Florence, Italy

Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Biennale poster
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Biennale Exhibition
   
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Opening Ceremony
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
AFHR booth with Florentines signing HR poster
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
AFHR presenting the AFHR Humanitarian Award to
Pasquale Celona Pres. of the Biennale
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Anne Archer Artist and Award creator Jule Rotenberg
w ith AFHR Pomm Hepner
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Anne Archer receiving metal from city of Florence
from Florentine Sculptor Mario Pachioli
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Artists spontaneously created a
spectacular beautiful mural for human rights
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Metal Awarded to AFHR
from the city of Florence
Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
AFHR Humanitarian Award
designed by Jule Rottenberg

Artists for Human Rights Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Recognition of AFHR in
Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze
publication 2007

 
The Florence Biennale is the largest contemporary fine art show in the world. This year’s event was attended by over 20,000 people with nearly 1000 artists from over 70 nations displaying award-winning art, as well as Ambassadors from Cyprus, Japan, Turkey, Australia and Mexico.

The Biennale has a hallowed tradition of supporting human rights. This year’s event was highlighted by Artists for Human Rights’ special participation. Artists for Human Rights’ Founder Anne Archer and Artists for Human Rights Director of Visual Artists Pomm Hepner were hosted by the Biennale. Artists for Human Rights was provided a prime display area where contemporary art pieces from members were displayed, each depicting a human rights theme.

At the Biennale Awards Dinner held at Fortezza da Basso, Anne Archer presented Biennale President, Pasquale Celona, Artists for Human Rights International Humanitarian Award for continued support and commitment to human rights. Anne Archer’s speech to nearly 1000 attendees emphasized the integration of art and human rights and its vital necessity.

Press conferences and national media coverage culminated in an award presented to Anne Archer and Artists for Human Rights by the Mayor of Florence.
 
  SOHO ART EXHIBIT 2006

 

Artists for Human Rights Soho Art Exhibit

 
  Art Exhibit James Gray Gallery
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
Donna Isham Pres. AFHR opening the Exhibit
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
Opening of AFHR Human Rights Exhibit at
James Gray Gallery Santa Monica, CA
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
Art Exhibit James Gray Gallery
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
Carina Paloma with Anne Archer Founder AFHR
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
James Cavello receiving AFHR Humanitarian Award
Artists for  Human Rights James Gray Gallery
James Gray and his wife with Anne Archer Founder AFHR
and Michael Wisner AFHR Board of Director
 
  Monterrey, Mexico Art Exhibit Opening
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Anne Archer Founder AFHR receiving Award from
Dir. of Dept. of Arts and Culture
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Brenda Charles, Anne Archer Founder AFHR, Dr. Caballero,
Pomm Hepner AFHR Board of Director
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
The exhibit at Conarte Gallery Opening
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opening
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Attendees at AFHR opening remarks at The Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Artists and VIPs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opening
Artists for Human Rights Monterrey Mexico Art Exhibit
Pomm Hepner AFHR Board of Director Accepting Award
 
  Freedom

By Michael Dovan

Artists for Human Rights Michael Dovan

A picture says a thousand words. Whether a painting, a sculpture, a photograph – visual arts carry messages that transcend language, nationality and even time. When these powerful messages are linked to human rights, they can be profound. Artists for Human Rights sponsors visual artists from around the world in a series of art exhibits celebrating the human condition and basic human rights. Artist submittals and involvement are encouraged.

For me, there is no Human Right that is not represented in this photo. The hope, dream and fulfillment for some of any and all of the Human Rights exist in the symbols of the Liberty Statue, the torch, a new land based on those precepts, a river and a boat that can lead you there. The towers, once on the horizon and no longer there represent the part of this that is fragile and vulnerable to discrimination and the abuses of all Human Rights that can occur from lack of knowing or practicing them.
- Michael Dovan

 
  Escape From Suppression

By Ron Anderson

Artists for Human Rights Escape From Suppression 

The three dimensional empty straightjacket is incorporated into the painting of Planet Earth where all humanity resides. Does it imply that humanity is enslaved or does it imply that humanity has been released from suppression because the jacket is empty? When you view this from a distance, the jacket isn’t easily visible– and so is suppression often disguised and not easily seen.

The decision to be free from the vested interests that would enslave humanity for their own purposes lies with every individual’s understanding of the Declaration of Human Rights – and their resolve to make it a reality. This piece encompasses all articles of the Declaration and addresses the overall intent of the Declaration of Human Rights, which is to let all men be free to realize, without arbitrary restrictions, their full potential.

 
  We Believe in Peace

By POMM

Artists for Human Rights POMM 

We have a right to a fair and free world where we can enjoy and protect our rights at home and anywhere in the world. The sky is free to all, covering us all, and the flags represent the community of nations encompassing our international and national identities. The sea touches us and is a bridge between the individual and the global community. The children are the future and are envisioning all countries enjoying these rights while maintaining their own points of view. Together we are using the power of artist communication to move the world towards one where human rights are a reality.

 

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