Human rights through the lens of contemporary art
Artistic vision of the struggle for human rights, freedoms, justice and dignity defines a multimedia exhibition “What makes me human?”, organized by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Human Rights Day eve.
The exhibition showcases the artworks of over twenty contemporary Georgian visual artists, curated by a well-known art expert Khatuna Khabuliani. It shares an artistic take on pressing human rights issues – inequality, discrimination, exclusion, gender-based violence and war, suggesting that both people and art can only thrive in an atmosphere of freedom from fear, violence, discrimination and repression.
Following the celebratory launch on 9 December, the exhibition will be open to the public until 21 December at the exhibition hall of the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
“The European Union assists Georgian artists and society to create an open space for human rights discussion. On Human Rights Day, we reiterate our lasting commitment to protecting the human rights of all people, with no exception, and to supporting Georgia in building an equal, just and inclusive society,” said H.E. Pawel Herczynski, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
“The world currently sees a severe human rights crisis, with armed conflicts, war, violence, radicalism and extremism threatening the decades-long gains in peace, development and democracy. Artists perceive that in their own unique ways. Their vision makes us better understand the challenges we are facing and inspires us to seek solutions,” said Nick Beresford, UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia.
The “What makes me human?”exhibition is a signature event of this year’s Human Rights Week, which kickstarts a year-long campaign to acknowledge and promote the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The campaign will reach out to wide circles of Georgia’s society bringing together an array of partners and supporters, including the Government, Parliament, civil society, the private sector, community organizations, international agencies and diplomatic missions.
“Human Rights for All” is US$3 Million EU-funded initiative supporting Georgia to promote respect for human rights, strengthen human rights protection in all areas of life, and address the remaining issues of concern. The initiative is implemented by the two UN agencies – UNDP and OHCHR, in close collaboration with national partners and stakeholders.