Images of Human Rights: South African Prints
"It was an honor to host this powerful and provocative exhibit."
—Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA
"Fascinating, glad to see this brought here, thought provoking and educational."
"The humanity in this art brought tears to my eyes!"
"A beautiful and valuable collection."
"We drove up [from Portland] especially to see this! It's great!"
—Visitor comments, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA
"Interesting - informative - centered - relevant today! It makes or motivates thinking, meditation and action!"
"I am an African—a black African from South Africa—and I have been amazed by the amount of knowledge and information this [exhibit has...] about my country. Some of the things exhibited here are things I did not even know about my own country! But all the same, I have been encouraged to know my history—who I am, where I come from and where I'm going to."
"This is a very important lesson in real democracy."
"Wow! A fabulous touring exhibit of the good that occurs when humans of all races work together."
"What a great eye-opener to our basic rights."
"The exhibition gives pause to thought. The ideas expressed are most significant to every aspect of our life, community and world-wide civilization."
—Visitor comments, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
The South African Bill of Rights was born out of a long struggle against racial segregation and human rights violations. Until the first democratic election in 1994, the majority of South Africans had been excluded from participating in the political process. Talks in the early 1990s beween political prisoner Nelson Mandela and then South African leader F.W. De Klerk ultimately led to free elections and a new government which aimed to respect the rights of all its citizens.
Images of Human Rights features 29 fine art prints, created by artists representing the nine provinces of South Africa and hand printed by master printmaker Jan Jordaan. The print portfolio was conceived of and released in 1996 by the Images of Human Rights Portfolio Committee, in commemoration of the newly post-Apartheid nation's Bill of Rights. Funds generated from the sale of portfolios are deposited in the Artists for Human Rights Trust account and are used by Amnesty International and other organizations for human rights education programs for the young people of South Africa. This set of prints is being circulated in North America as one of a series of activities between Michigan State University and a consortium of agencies in South Africa, including the African National Congress; Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Fort Hare; and Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape.
This exhibition has been shown at the following sites: African American, Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI; Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ; Fort Miami Heritage Society, St. Joseph, MI; The Gallery at Festival/James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; Park Library Baber Room/Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI; Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI; Rankin Center Art Gallery/Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI; Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA; Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ; The Gallery at Festival, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
This exhibition is eligible for funding through the Michigan Humanities Council's Arts and Humanities Touring Program. For more information, click here.
fee (8-week period):
||$1,500, plus shipping
||Number of pieces:
||Running feet required:
|| 75-100 ft.
||Lockable, limited access display area; trained guards or comparable protection system; provisions to prevent public from touching objects; object handling by museum professionals; temperature and light controls; fire protection according to local ordinances
||Additional materials available:
||Press materials. Exhibition catalogues, posters and note cards available for resale.
Support for the purchase of the prints and organization of this traveling exhibition has been provided by Michigan State University Office of the Provost, Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin American Studies (CICALS), and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.For information
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