Art and Poetry inspire dignity, respect, pride, and freedom of expression, imagination, recognition of the individual, creativity, excellence and human rights:
“Dialogue among Civilisations” project forms the basis for this new initiative by Art for Humanity. It involved collaboration between artists and poets from Africa and those countries that participated in the 2006 Soccer World Cup and as the project developed some of the Durban Sister Cities.
The participants numbering 82, representing 35 countries and six Durban sister cities, contributed their art and poetry on the broad theme of identity, land, object and belief. This collection of original fine art prints, in a limited edition of 30, signed and dated by the participants where applicable and authenticated by AFH, and endorsed by a number of internationally recognised human rights personalities and specialists in the field of education, art, human rights and social justice.
The project further endorsed by influential human rights and educationalists both as individuals and representatives of their various organisations, illustrates not only the global concern regarding the common social problems facing humanity, but the artists and poets creatively not only their personal creativity and quest for excellence in support of this initiative, but also reflecting voices and concerns of the various communities and social constructs they represent. The art and poetry resulting from the project is internationally exhibited and will be displayed in public spaces and schools throughout South Africa in the form of billboards, banners, exhibitions and posters.
The project aims to inspire the viewer to engage and reflect upon the art and poetry and to take „moral ownership‟ of the ethical values intrinsic to the art and poetry. These values include creativity, freedom of expression, excellence, dignity, pride, reflection, cultural heritage as well as respect for individual rights and independence. In fact the values that forms the basis of Human Rights as it is pronounced in that esteemed document the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
By then employing the art and poetry in Art for Humanity’s public advocacy campaign and in our schools human rights and social justice educational programmes the ultimate objective is to elicit and challenge the learners and the South African public’s views regarding xenophobia, racism, refugees and foreign visitors in and to South Africa. These views are presently couched in an endemic magnitude of racism, xenophobia and victimisation of those individuals and families seeking refugee status in South Africa or as visitors and amongst South Africans themselves. This present situation contributing to an ever growing polarization of South Africans, already vulnerable as a result of our divided history.
As another outcome of the project being the 1st international Conference on Art and Social Justice on African soil took place in Durban at the Durban University of Technology in March 2010.
The catalogue of the portfolio will be published in January 2011. The collection of the art and poetry is available for sale. The artworks, (dimensions A2 594 x 420 mm 23.4 x 16.5 in) in a limited edition of 30 all printed on archival paper and authenticated by Art for Humanity is presented as a boxed set for a minimum donation of US$6000. The Colection is available for exhibition purposes and is framed and ready for transport. Note all expenses including transport and insurance plus a fee of US$500 will be to the exhibitors account.
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