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Human Rights

The International Print Portfolio: Artists' Expressions of Universal Human Rights

On December 19, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a list of human rights it believed all countries in the world should respect. Many countries in the world have based their own Bills of Rights on the UDHR. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UDHR and to raise awareness of human rights issues, the Artists for Human Rights Trust (Durban, South Africa) published the International Print Portfolio that is featured in this exhibition. The Portfolio is made up of monochrome wood/linocut prints illustrating various articles of the UDHR. Artists from 25 countries that participated in the project, including Iran, Cuba, South Africa, India, Mozambique and Tibet. The works are striking in the variety of artistic styles they portray, as well as in their emotional and sometimes disturbing subject matter. Each artist brings a unique national and political perspective to issues of human rights that are still being faced globally today.


No current bookings. This exhibit is available.

This exhibition has been shown at the following site: African American, Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM; the Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; the African American Cultural Center Gallery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Schoolcraft College, Livonia MI, Brody Neighborhood at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  Rental fee (8-week period): $1,500, plus shipping
  Number of pieces: 32
  Running feet required: 150 - 200 ft.
  Insurance Value: $13,600
  Security requirement: 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 catalogue available for resale.

Funding for planning the U.S. tour of this exhibition has been provided by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts with in-kind support from the Michigan State University Museum.


PICTURED:Banned, Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan).
Screenprint on paper, 13.002" x 12.608".
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.























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