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.
2007 Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte
Contemporanea di Firenze
The Florence Biennale is largest and most prestigious 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.
by Michael Doven
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.
Escape From Suppression
by Ron Anderson
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
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.